Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United Arab Emirates to the authors of “original works of authorship,”
including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works.
This protection is available to both published and unpublished works.
Section 106 of the 1976 Copyright Act generally gives the owner of copyright
the exclusive right to do and to authorize others to do the following:
- To reproduce the work in copies;
- To prepare derivative works based upon the work;
- To distribute copies of the work to the public by sale or other transfer of ownership, or by rental, ease, or lending;
- To perform the work publicly, in the case of literary, musical, dramatic, and choreographic works, Pantomimes, and motion pictures and other audio-visual works;
- To display the copyrighted work publicly, in the case of literary, musical, dramatic, and choreographic works, pantomimes, and pictorial, graphic, or sculptural works, including
- the individual images of a motion picture or other audiovisual work. In the case of sound recordings, to perform the work publicly by means of a digital audio transmission.