22 BAHRAIN: RECENT DEVELOPMENTS* COPYRIGHT LAW The Bahrain Copyright Law has been promulgated pursuant to Legislative Decree No. 10 of 1993. The purpose of the new Law, which took effect on 9 June 1993, is to afford protection to authors of creative works which are of a literary, scientific, artistic or cultural nature. Definition of Author According to Article 1 of the Law, an author is "a person who produces or invents a work in the field of literature, science, or the arts, or who writes any written work or produces any creative work relating to any kind of knowledge". Scope of Protection Pursuant to Article 2(2), protection is applicable to the authors of intellectual property such as books, brochures, speeches, drama and musicals, songs, painting, sculpture, photographs, maps, cinematographic, radio and television works, and personally cre- ated computer software, including databases, etc. Applicability of the Law Pursuant to Article 43, the provisions of the new Law shall be applicable to works of Bahraini authors that are published for the first time in or outside of Bahrain, works of foreign authors that are published for the first time in Bahrain, and works of Arab authors who are nationals
Arab Law Quarterly – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1994
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