By Staff writer
Law protects authors’ works and allows performance artists financial rights
Kuwait has issued a new copyright law which protects authors’ works from unauthorised use.
The new law prevents the unauthorised publication, reproduction, public broadcast or rebroadcast, public communication, translation, adaptation, rental, or the making available of the work to the public including via computer, the internet, information networks, communications networks or other means.
The new law, which applies to nationals and expat residents, also allows performance artists financial rights, reported Kuwait Times.
It also guarantees exclusive lifetime rights to the author and their successors.
For those who do not have heirs, the Kuwaiti National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters will be responsible for the protection of the authors’ interests against an infringement for fifty years following their death.
However, the duration of protection with regards to audio, visual, audio-visual works and films, collective works of a legal entity, and computer programs is fifty years starting the date of the first showing or legitimate publication of the work.
Any violation of the law will result in a prison sentence of between six months and two years, a fine of $1,650 (KD500) to $165,200 (KD50,000) or the temporary closure of establishments for a maximum period of three months or the withdrawal of their license in the case of repetition.