DUBAI, 23 June / WAM / His Excellency Abdullah Al Saleh, Deputy Secretary of the Ministry of Economy, confirmed that the United Arab Emirates has witnessed successive developments over the last period in terms of legislation and laws related to the protection of intellectual property in generality, including intellectual works and legislation protecting copyright and related rights.
The state’s interest in this file comes from its belief in its role as a gateway to creativity and innovation and in line with the goals and principles of the fifties and determinants of the UAE Centennial 2071.
His Excellency Al Saleh emphasized, during a media briefing today, at the headquarters of the Dubai Ministry of Economy, on the issuance of the executive provisions of Federal Decree-Law No. 38 of 2021 on Copyright and Related Rights, that the Copyright Act constitutes a new decisive step in the development of the system for the protection of intellectual works, in which he established general principles for the protection of copyright and related rights and created an environment conducive to the growth and prosperity of authorship and classification in various sectors. His Excellency pointed out that the executive provisions of the law represent the completion of the distinguished legislative system for the protection of intellectual property in the country with respect to intellectual works by providing integrated and clear mechanisms and procedures for implementing the provisions of copyright and related rights law. its objectives and increase its impact on the innovation environment of the country and on the prosperity of the economy and society in general. .
His Excellency added: “The Regulation is in line with the country’s obligations under its membership of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), including the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works and the WIPO Performance and Sound Recording Treaty, which improves the UAE’s position and raises its competition indicators regionally and globally in areas related to authorship and creativity activities.
In the final phase, the Ministry of Economy worked in collaboration with its partners at the federal and local level and in partnership with the private sector and international partner institutions to ensure the development of this Regulation in line with best practices and global experience in this regard.
Copyright and Neighborhood Protection Act targets broad groups in society and they are owners of creative production in various literary, artistic, cultural and scientific fields, including writers, writers, writers, musicians, programmers, people with determination, publishers , investors, entrepreneurs, project owners and companies operating in various creative, cultural, entertainment and creative economic activities, and providers of legal services related to creative writing.
His Excellence pointed out that the Regulation specified a set of rules for the registration of intellectual works, including data and ownership of the work, the author’s data, data from importers and distributors of works, in addition to the conditions for obtaining the exercise of a collective. management license, and the conditions for granting a compulsory license to copy or translate materials for the author, as well as the conditions of an enforceable copy Within an available format, the mechanisms used for customs release and other provisions.
He also announced the issuance of the first license for the accessible version in an accessible format to the Kalimat Foundation for Empowering Children, in line with the state’s accession to the Marrakesh Treaty to facilitate access to published works for people willing to read publications, in addition to the Ministry’s signing of a memorandum of understanding with the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry / IFPI / On 18 May 2022, it is a non-profit organization representing the interests of the audio recording industry worldwide, with the aim of supporting collective management in music.
The regulation clarified that the issuance of a plant registration certificate is not a permit for the use, circulation or display of the plant, and the person in question must obtain a permit for the plant from the competent authorities in the country. The Regulation also lays down the requirements for obtaining a license to copy a work, a translation license, a collective management license, the prohibitions on licensing, the obligations of the licensee and the expiry of the license to copy or translate. The rules allow the author, any of the rights holders, the holders of neighboring rights or any of their successors the opportunity to apply for registration of the work.
The Regulation approved the need to register in the register of importers and distributors of works, the names of importers and distributors, their rights to import or distribute works in the country and data on their activities and the authorities that have authorized them to import or distribute works. It further allowed the Board of Appeal to appeal the rejection decision within 30 days from the date of notification.
The regulation included access for people with determination to sources of creativity, their participation in cultural and creative life and to take advantage of the results of scientific progress through exceptions to copyright rules granted by the Ministry of Economy to government agencies and non-profit institutions providing services to this social group, which allows copying of published works and distributes them in easy ways for people with determination. It provides access to information without the author’s consent.
The regulation also documented the actions contained in the work’s register of rights, including the cancellation of the restricted data or its registration by another person based on the consent of the parties or based on an enforceable court decision.
The regulation allowed any person to apply to the Ministry of Economy for permission to copy or translate or both of a work protected by law, to meet the needs of education of all kinds and levels, or the needs of public libraries or conservation houses , and to submit proof of the author’s refusal or the copyright holder to give him permission to copy the Work, translated or unavailable.
His Excellency Al Saleh indicated during the media briefing that the certificates for registered intellectual works issued by the Ministry of Economy to institutions and individuals during the first five months of 2022 reached almost 750 certificates, with a growth rate of 57% compared to the same period in 2021 and explained that the Ministry was keen to: The registration fee should not exceed 50 dirhams per. person to stimulate creativity, and explained that the ministry has organized 16 copyright workshops since the beginning of the year and until now, with the aim of educating society about the importance of intellectual property rights, and that more than 31 copyright infringing websites were blocked during 2022, in collaboration with the Danish Telecommunications Authority, in the ministry’s interest in protecting copyright.
Dr. Abdul Rahman Al Maaini, Secretary General of the Emirates Intellectual Property Association, in return appreciated the initiatives of the Ministry of Economy and its involvement of all sectors, including civil society, with regard to the Regulation and pointed out that the Ministry will continue its efforts to protect creativity and innovate, develop economy and raise awareness of the copyright protection system in collaboration to be UAE. The destination for creators and talents.