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Copyrights is another form of IPR which extends protection to the original work of authorship i.e. protection of the authors of Books &literary works, written & recorded music, works of art, Photographs & images and Dramas/Plays and the works originating from all the foregone work of arts. The Copyrights Law does not provide protection to an idea of the work of the author unless the same is translated into some tangible form i.e. in case of musical composition it must be written or recorded in any tangible manner. Harry Potter of J.K Rowling, Shake it Off by Taylor Swift, famous photo of a starving child and vulture by the Kevin Carter.

The Copyrights allows the author/owner of the work to exclusively use, give away, sell, reproduce, prepare new versions, adaptations, public distribution, public performance, public display, digitally perform the copyrighted sound recordings/work.Copyrights law like the Trademarks law provides for the strict penal consequences for those which violate the rights of the Copyrights owner/ proprietor. Hence, the work of the original author is protected against all kinds of unauthorized derivative work.

To qualify for the protection of Copyright under the law the work must be original, must be created independently and should not be copied from somewhere else. After obtaining the copyrights registration the work of the author/artist enjoys the protection against the copyrights material for his/her lifetime, 50 years after the death of the author.

Advantages of Copyright Protection:-

  • Public record-argument for lack of knowledge
  • Right to sue and claim Damages
  • Sole Right to produce and reproduce their work
  • Right to reproduction in various forms such as printed publication or sound recording
  • Right to broadcast and claim royalty
  • Stop infringement by importing through custom


Application is filed mentioning detail description of copyright work and relevant documents.  

The department will examine the application and take the following procedures:  If it fulfils the requirements, a certificate will be issued.

Registration Validity:

The Registration of Copyright is valid for 50 year after the Death of the creator if in Individual’s name or 50 years from the date of registration if in the name of any corporate entity.


Document Required From Client:

  • 1 – 3 CD’s containing the following:  
  • The Program to be registered (auto run folder)
  • Database for that program
  • The code of the software (Open Source code)
  • The Full Description of the program its contents and usage as (Microsoft word or Adobe format)   
  • Passport copies of the applicants
  • Power of attorney duly notarized with the Dubai courts.
  • Deed of assignment duly notarized with Dubai courts (if the applicant is not the programmer).  
  • Copy of Business License  


It will take from 30 to 45 working days, it’s depend on examination of Ministry of economy.