Copyright campaign puts Saudi artists in the frame

Under SAIP’s ‘Own Your Art’ campaign artists are encouraged to ensure that copyright on their work is protected. (Shutterstock )
Updated 22 August 2019

Copyright campaign puts Saudi artists in the frame

  • All art is copyrighted from the moment it is produced or becomes a fixed copy
  • The Committee for Copyright Infringements may impose a financial penalty of not more than SR100,000 ($26,600). imports and humanitarian aid

JEDDAH: Artists in the Kingdom have been urged to ensure that the copyright on their work is protected as part of a Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property (SAIP) “Own Your Art” campaign.

SAIP said that a copyright protects a wide range of creative works, including drawings, paintings and artworks, such as comics, sketches and digital art.

Copyright is a legal term used to describe the rights that creators have over their artistic works. The copyright of a specific artwork (such as a drawing or painting) is owned by the person who created the artwork. 

This means that artists retain all the rights to their creative works, which cannot be reproduced, shared, published or profited from without their consent.

All art is copyrighted from the moment it is produced or becomes a fixed copy. There are two types of rights under copyright for creative works: Economic rights, which allow the rights owner to derive financial reward from the use of his artworks by others; and moral rights, which protect the noneconomic interests of the creator of the artwork.

Copyright laws state that the owner has the economic right to authorize or prevent certain uses in relation to a work or, in some cases, to receive remuneration for the use of his work.

The economic rights owner of a work can prohibit or authorize its reproduction in various forms (such as printed publication), its digital recording or broadcasting, or its adaptation.

SAIP said that enforcement procedures offer effective action and remedies against infringement or violation of copyrighted work. The Committee for Copyright Infringements may impose a financial penalty of not more than SR100,000 ($26,600), close the infringing entity for a period not exceeding two months, and address the case in the manner that the committee deems appropriate.

In the case of repeated infringements of the same or other artwork, the maximum penalty may be doubled.

In cases of infringement, SAIP urged owners to file a complaint via [email protected], or through SAIP Twitter account (@SAIPKSA), or by visiting SAIP headquarters with supporting documents.


350,000 books to feature at Jeddah fair

Updated 14 November 2019

350,000 books to feature at Jeddah fair

JEDDAH: Hundreds of authors from around the world are preparing to take part in a prestigious Saudi book festival.

The Jeddah International Book Fair, to be staged in South Obhur from Dec. 11 to 21, will feature more than 350,000 volumes to cater to all reading tastes.

Now in its fifth edition, the cultural event, run under the patronage of Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, will see the participation of 400 Saudi, Arab and international publishing houses from 40 different countries.

Jeddah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Majed, who is head of the fair’s supreme committee, has been coordinating the organization of the event which will include book-signing sessions by 200 authors.

The exhibition, occupying 30,000 square meters, is one of the biggest specialized expos in the Kingdom, and aims to promote reading and the cultural environment.

The fair will also include a program of seminars, lectures and indoor and outdoor theater productions, along with documentary films for families and children, and workshops in visual arts, photography and Arabic calligraphy.

The Jeddah fair is supported by Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan Al-Saud, who believes it reflects the city’s culture and traditions, along with backing from Minister of Media Turki Al-Shabanah. SPA Jeddah