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Overview

In the United Arab Emirates the law which regulates Copyrights is the Federal Law No.7 of 2002 regarding Copyright and Related Rights. This law came into effect in July 2002 and repealed the previous related laws.
 
The law protects authors of intellectual works and related rights. UAE nationals and all other persons in the UAE are protected. In addition, the works of foreign authors are protected as the law provides that works, performances, sound recordings and broadcasts of the expatriate community are protected subject to reciprocal treatment by the foreign state or subject to international conventions that the UAE has acceded to.
 
The author enjoys a perpetual and inalienable moral right including right to publish for the first time, right of paternity, right of integrity, etc. Also, the author enjoys an economic right including the right to license his work through any means including through reproduction and rental as well as the right to assign all or part of his economic rights to a third party. 
 
To obtain the protection, works has to be deposited and registered with the Ministry of Information and Culture. Nevertheless failure to deposit such material does not prejudice the author’s rights. The registration of such works facilitates the burden of proof in legal proceedings and there is no governmental fee payable for deposit of a work for registration.
 
Any infringement of the copyrights law can cause punishment for up to two months and payment of fine from AED10,000 to AED 50,000.