Skip to main content

Copyright @ CNA-Q

What is copyright in law in Qatar?

Qatar is a signatory to the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works. The right to copy in Qatar expands on enforcement of intellectual property and related laws, traditional cultural expressions and traditional knowledge.

Qatar Copyright and Teaching

State of Qatar copyright law allows you to use protected works without permission for teaching, if the use is not for profit.

You do need to cite the source and indicate the name of the creator.

Qatar Copyright

In Qatar, an author's exclusive rights are more closely aligned with the European Union model and its emphasis on moral rights.

A creator's association with a work is sustained for all time, even if an author has sold the rights to a work.

Moral rights for Qatari protected works are "imprescriptible and perpetual".

Additional Qatari examples protected by copyright

  • Architectural works constructed in Qatar
  • Any artistic work incorporated in a building or other construction situated in Qatar
  • Audiovisual works whose producer has headquarters or place of residence in Qatar
  • National Folklore
  • Qatari authors published within or outside of the State
  • Works delivered orally such as:
    • Lectures,
    • Addresses,
    • Sermons,
    • Or similar works like poems and hymns

Law No. 7 on the Protection of Copyright and Neighbouring Rights - Selected Articles

Article 7 

The author of the owner of the copyright shall have the exclusive right to carry out or to authorize any of the following acts. 

(1) Reproduction of the work;

(2) Translation of the work;

(3) Making excerpts, musical arrangements or other transformation of the work;

(4) Distribution to the public of the work through sale;

(5) Rental to the public of audio-visual works or computer programs. However, the right to rental shall not apply to the rental of computer programs where the itself is not the essential object of the rental;

(6) Public performance of the work

Article 10

The author of a work shall have the following moral rights:

(1) To have his name or pseudonym indicated on his work or not to have his name indicated on his work;

(2) To object to any distortion deformation or any modifications of his work; 

(3) To object to any distortion, and to prohibit any other use of his work which would be prejudicial to his honor and reputation

The rights for in the preceding Articles are imprescriptible  and perpetual