FAQ

C1: Is copyright protected in your country?
Yes.

C2: What types of items are protected by copyright law in your country?
- Books, computer software and other written material.
Works that are presented orally such as lecturers and religious sermons.
- Theatrical compositions and musical plays.
- Musical compilations, whether or not accompanied by lyrics.
- Works which are designs of dances and mime.
- Audio works and audio-visual works.
- Works of drawing and painting using lines and colors.
- Architecture, sculpture, decorative arts and engraving.
- Works of applied arts, whether as handicraft or industrial work.
- Illustrative drawing, geographical maps, designs, diagrams and three dimensional work related to geography, topography, architecture and science.
- Folklore.
- The title of the work if the title is distinctive in an innovative manner and not just a common term used to give an indication of the subject of the work.

C3: What is the length of protection of a copyright in your country?

A) Author’s lifetime + 70 years starting from the beginning of the first calendar year following
his death.
70 years from the first year following the death of the last author in case of common works.
95 years as from the date of first publication in case of:
Audio-Visual, Collective , applied art works .
& Works published under a pseudonym or without the mention of the name of the author unless the identity of the author becomes known during this period.

C4: How long does a copyright take to be registered?
Approximately 2-4 months.

C5: What kind of sanctions does your copyright law provide against infringers?
Imprisonment for a period not exceeding two years and fine not exceeding RO.2000, or either of these two sentences.

C6: Are there any limitations of copyright in your jurisdictions?
Protection will not cover the following:
- International treaties, judicial decisions and the groups of official documents as well as their official translation.
- Published, broadcasted or publicly announced news.
- Works which have fallen into the public domain.

C7: Must transfer agreements be recorded?.
Yes.

C8: Must license agreements be recorded?
Yes.

C9: Are there any consequences of non recordal of agreements?
It will not have a legal effect against others.

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