PROTECTION OF COPYRIGHT UNDER SUDANESE LAW Akolda M Tier* Copyright, an intangible property of particular interest to authors, has attracted less attention both from the Sudanese legislators and from the courts, despite the latter's quasi-legislative power to decide cases not covered by existing legislation according to "justice, equity and good conscience",1 or "principles of... justice ... and good con- science".2 This relative lack of effort was understandable not least because publishing any sort of material in the Sudan has been, and still is, beset with technical and eco- nomic problems.3 Official consciousness for copyright protection started in the 1950s and was mainly due to the great interest which the Ministry of Education, as publisher of school books since 1946, has come to have in this subject. The underlying philoso- phy, articulated by Attorney General Mavrogordato, was twofold: comprehensiveness and conformity with international copyright law. "It is desired", he advised, "to have a comprehensive copyright law and one that will tie up with international conventions on the subject".4 Happily, this suggestion has largely prevailed. The Copyright Protec- tion Act 1974 finally completes the endeavours that had begun almost two decades earlier. This article will analyse and evaluate this Act.
Arab Law Quarterly – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1991
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