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Abu Dhabi University Library Plagiarism and Copyright Libguide designed to share information on Copyright, Fair Use, and Plagiarism.
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Welcome to Abu Dhabi University Library Plagiarism and Copyright Libguide designed to share information on Copyright, Fair Use, and Plagiarism. The guide does not supply legal advice nor is it intended to replace the advice of legal counsel.


UAE & Copyright



     Constitution / Basic Law

·         Constitution of the United Arab Emirates (1971)


      IP Laws: issued by the Executive

·         Federal Law No. 17 of 2009 on the Protection of New Plant Varieties(2010)

·         Federal Law No. 6 of 2008 on establishing a national council for tourism and Antiquities(2008)

·         Federal Decree No.85 of 2007 on The Common Customs Law for the Arab States of the Gulf(2007)

·         Federal Law No. 24 of 2006 Concerning Consumer Protection(2006)

·         Federal Law No. 31 for the Year 2006 Pertaining to the Industrial Regulation and Protection of Patents, Industrial Drawings, and Designs(2002)

·         Federal Law No. 7 of the Year 2002 Concerning Copyrights and Neighboring Rights(2002)

·         Commercial Transactions Law No.18 of 1993(1993)

·         Federal Law No. 37 of 1992 on Trademarks amended by Law No. 19 of 2000 and Law No. 8 of 2002(1992)

·         Law No. 1 Of 1992 Of the Emirate of Sharjah On Antiquities(1992)

·         Federal Law No. 15 of 1980 on the Press and Publication(1980)

·         Federal Law No. 8 of 1980, on Regulation of Labour Relation(1980)

·         Law No. 5 of 1973 on Commercial Register (1973)

Implementing Rules/Regulations


     Intellectual Property

·         Ministerial Decision No. 133 of 2004 on Collective Management of Copyright and Related Rights(2004)

·         Ministerial Decision No. 134 of 2004 on Compulsory Licensing Of Copies Or Translations Of Works(2004)

·         Ministerial Decision No. 411 of 1993 On The Control Of Protected Works In Accordance With The Provisions Of The Federal Law No. 40 Of 1992 Concerning The Protection Of Intellectual Works And Copyright (1993)


What is copyright?

Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code) to authors. The owner of copyright has the exclusive right to do and authorize the following:

  • To reproduce the work;
  • To prepare derivative works based upon the work;
  • To distribute copies of the work to the public by sale or transfer of ownership, or by rental, lease, or lending;
  • To prohibit other persons from using the work without permission;
  • To perform the work publicly.

Copyright protection covers both published and unpublished works as well as out-of-print materials.

Facts, ideas, procedures, processes, systems, concepts, principles or discoveries cannot be copyrighted. However, some of these can be protected by patent or trade secret laws.

Copyright protection currently lasts for the life of the author plus 70 years. If there is more than one author copyright protection lasts for the life of the last author's death plus 70 years. Copyright protection for materials created by a business may last for 95 years from publication.

Memorandum on Copyright Law and Compliance was written for the University of Nebraska four campuses. It is the responsibility of all faculty, staff, and students to abide by the guidelines presented and utilize the Fair Use Checklist to ascertain if copyrighted materials are being used "fairly" for education and research purposes.

Click on Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the United States for more information. The Digital Slider is also a useful tool to assess copyrighted materials that are now in public domain.

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