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Whats is Copyright?

Copyright registration alludes to the legitimate rights of the proprietor of protected innovation. In less difficult terms, copy right is the option to duplicate. This implies the original creators of products and anyone they offer approval to are the main ones with the selective option to replicate the work. This article will manage with all of those in subsequent sections, but for now, let’s focus on what copyright is on a very basic level.

Copyright is the legal and exclusive right to copy or permit to be copied, some specific work of art.
If you own the copyright on something, someone else cannot make a copy of it without your permission.
Copyright usually originates with the creator of a work, but can be sold, traded, or inherited by others. Copyright registration is a part of the protection of intellectual property in which works are protected. We are providing copyright services in U.A.E, MENA region, and also worldwide copyright registration.

What you can copyright


Software copyright is the extension of copyright law to machine-readable software.

 Literary Works

This can include novels, nonfiction works, poems, articles, essays, directories, advertising, catalogs, speeches, and computer programs.

Sound Recordings

This includes recorded music, voice, and sound effects. Thunder, animal noises, and other sounds of nature may be copyrighted by the persons who record them.

Online Content

Website content/blog Online writing, such as a blog or series of articles.


A registered design may be applied to provide additional cover over and above any design right or copyright protection that may exist in the design.

Artistic works

Pictorial, graphic and sculptural works (e.g., paintings, drawings, carvings, photographs, clothing designs, textiles)

According to Federal Law No. 38 of 2021 on Copyrights and Neighboring Rights, an intellectual work is any original work in the areas of literature, arts or science, whatever its description, form of expression, significance or purpose. In accordance with Article 2, the authors of intellectual work shall be protected if their rights are violated in the UAE. The following intellectual works are protected under copyright law:

  1. Books, booklets, articles and other literature

  2. Computer software and applications, databases and similar works defined in a decision to be issued by the Minister of Economy

  3. Lectures, speeches, sermons and other works of similar nature

  4. Plays, musicals and pantomimes

  5. Musicals accompanied by dialogues and musicals which are not accompanied by dialogue

  6. Audio and video works or audio-visual works

  7. Architectural work and architectural plans and drawings

  8. Drawings, paintings, sculptures, etchings, lithography, screen printing, reliefs and intaglio prints and other similar works of fine art

  9. Photographic work and the likes

  10. Works of applied art and plastic art

  11. Charts, maps, plans, 3-D modelling for geographical and topographical applications and architectural designs etc.

  12. Derivative works, subject to the protection afforded to the work(s) upon which they are based. The protection shall extend to the title of the work, if created, as well as the creative concept devised for broadcast material.

In accordance with Article 3, the law does not protect the owner of:

  1. ideas, procedures, working methods, mathematical concepts, abstract principles and facts, with the exception of the innovative expression of any of them
  2. official documents, regardless of their native language or the language translated to; such text includes laws, regulations, international resolutions and conventions, judicial rulings, arbitrators’ rulings and decisions of administrative committees with jurisdiction
  3. news
  4. works that have become common property.

Nevertheless, clauses 2, 3 and 4 of this Article are protected if their collection, arrangement or any effort is innovated.

Intellectual work registration

Ministry of Economy is the competent authority to register intellectual works in the UAE. To register intellectual works, you can submit an online application via the ministry’s website.

Duration of protection

According to Article 20 of Federal Law No. 7 of 2002 on Copyrights and Related Rights, the economic rights of the author under this Law shall be protected for the duration of his life plus 50 years starting from the first day of the calendar year following his death. Economic rights of applied art works expires after 25 years, which start from the first day of the calendar year following their first publication.

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