Summary

The Qatari Copyright Law No. 25 of 1995 was issued on July 22, 1995 and published in the Official Gazette No. 14 dated August 12, 1995. The Implementing Regulations have not yet been issued; thus delaying the implementation of the law.

Currently, it is possible to deposit a copyright work with the Copyright Protection Office; however, it is not possible to settle the relevant fees and no filing certificate will be issued. The Copyright Protection Office will keep the application in its custody till the issuance of the Implementing Regulations of the law. In evidence of submitting a copyright work, the office will provide a letter stating that it received the work only.

Protection will be granted to authors of literary, artistic and scientific works whatever the value, kind or purpose or expression of the work is. Generally, the protection will be provided for works whose means of expression is writing, sound, drawing, image or motion picture. It also includes creative titles and computer software.

Qatar is a member of the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works.
 
Note: A new law on the Protection of Copyright and Neighboring Rights (Law No. 7 of 2002) was issued in Qatar but the Implementing Regulations have not yet been issued. 



 

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