What is the new Kuwaiti copyright law?
In June of 2019, Kuwait’s parliament approved a new copyright law (Law # 75 of 2019) that better protects copyright holders and their works. The law also strengthens intellectual property rights to protect inventors and their patents. This is the first change since Kuwait’s copyright law was overhauled in 2016 which itself saw significant improvements from previous legislation.
Parliament’s willingness to protect Kuwait copyrights is a positive step forward. It sends the right message to businesses around the world that Kuwait is serious about protecting copyrights rights and intellectual property.
The potential impact this will have on the economy in Kuwait is encouraging to inventors, artists, and businesses here and abroad.
Fostering a Creative Economy
The new Kuwait copyright law will foster a creative economy by supporting talent and ensuring that creators get paid fairly for their work. This, in turn, will create more employment opportunities within the creative industries, in enterprises like media agencies, production houses, recording studios, record labels, and music libraries. Kuwaiti’s will also benefit from a strong, supportive creative community that will promote the nation’s culture and help it flourish.
The Long Road to 2019
The road up to this point has been long. Copyright protection in Kuwait was virtually nonexistent until 1999 and it wasn’t until 2014 that Kuwait signed onto the Berne Convention. The Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works is a treaty that was first drafted over 100 years ago. It is an international agreement governing copyright. Today 177 countries, including the other four member countries of the GCC, have signed this treaty recognizing international copyright protection.
In 2016, Kuwait’s new copyright law saw increases in penalties for unauthorized use of creative work. The maximum prison term was doubled and fines were increased for violations. A steady stream of unauthorized goods, including recorded music, has long flooded the market in Kuwait. This has alarmed trading partners from around the world who see a failure to prosecute offenders as approval of such practices. This has caused foreign investors to hold back due to concerns about piracy. This has also kept artists from being financially rewarded for their work.
Opening Doors to New Opportunities
The law to protect Kuwait copyrights offers protections, not just for creators in Kuwait, but for outside investors who no longer have to worry about protecting their intellectual property. In the past, Kuwaiti artists may have chosen to work with companies outside the country with stronger copyright laws that were enforced.
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