Order No. 83 issued by the Coalition Provisional Authority on April 29, 2004, amended Copyright Law No. 3 of 1971, which governs the protection of copyright in Iraq. However, the aforementioned law is still not implemented yet.
In order to gain protection, the publishers of copyrightable works will have to deposit copies of the work with the Ministry of Culture. Protection is granted to every Intellectual Property work of art no matter what its type, method of expression, importance and purpose is.
Copyrightable works include written and oral works, computer programs, dramatic and musical works, cinematographic and photographic works, drawings and scientific three-dimensional figures. Protection for the lifetime of the author plus 50 years following his/her death is granted.
Protection of related rights such as performers, producers of phonograms and broadcasting organizations is also incorporated in the law.