C1: Is copyright protected in Saudi Arabia?
C2: What types of items are protected by copyright law in Saudi Arabia?
The Copyright law states that: " In general, protection under this law shall cover authors of classified works whose mode of expression is either written, sound, painting, photography or motion
C3: What is the length of protection of a copyright in Saudi Arabia?
The period of copyright protection for the author of the classified work shall be his lifetime and a period of fifty years after his death.
C4: How long does a copyright take to be registered?
Any printed materials or computer programs can be distributed in Saudi Arabia only after receiving the approval of the Ministry of Information. For this purpose, a local distributor is essential. The distributor should obtain the necessary approval locally. Upon obtaining the said approval by the local distributor, the copyrighted item will be deposited at King Fahd's National Library and the registration will be made without delay.
C5: What kind of penalty does the Saudi copyright law provide against infringers?
Penalty may include imprisonment and / or fine, seizure of the unauthorized publications, closure of the infringing shops.
C6:Are there any limitations of copyright in the Saudi jurisdictions?
Yes. The following are not protected:
1- Judiciary regulations and sentences, resolutions of administrative committees, international agreements, and any other official documents. Official translations of such texts are also excluded, however, special rules concerning handling of such documents are observed.
2. Daily news items or events that are characterized as news developments, which are published by newspapers, magazines, and periodicals (including radio and television).
C7:Must transfer agreements be recorded?
No. But the transfer agreements should be made in writing specifying the scope of the transferred rights.
C8: Must license agreements be recorded?
No. But the license agreements should be made in writing specifying the scope of the licensed rights.
C9: Are there any consequences of non recordal of agreements?