Registration of Copyright Works in Oman in 2016

Unlike patents and trade marks, copyright works do not need to be registered to acquire protection in Oman. However, the government still provides a mechanism for registration to those who wish to do so. This does not grant those who register with any special legal rights, but, in theory at least, it can provide additional evidence in … Continue reading Registration of Copyright Works in Oman in 2016

Omani Copyright Law Discriminates Against Disabled Persons

According to the National Centre of Statistics and Information, there are more than 60,000 persons with disabilities in Oman. 30% of these persons have a sight related disability which means that they cannot easily read written materials. According to the World Blind Union, only 7% of all the books published in the world are available in formats accessible to the visually … Continue reading Omani Copyright Law Discriminates Against Disabled Persons

Text and Data Mining under Omani Copyright Law

Similar to the copyright laws of other Gulf states, the Omani copyright law adopts the exhaustive closed list system for copyright exceptions. This means that for a use of a protected work not to be considered an infringement, that use must fall under an explicitly stated exception under the copyright law. The fact that a use is personal, non-commercial, or accompanied by … Continue reading Text and Data Mining under Omani Copyright Law

Three Exceptions I Wish Omani Copyright Law Had

Like the majority of countries around the world, Oman does not have a concept of “fair use” in its copyright law. The default position under copyright law is that any use of a copyrighted work requires the prior permission of the author, even if that use is private, non-commercial, or does not affect the interests of the author. To ensure that the rights … Continue reading Three Exceptions I Wish Omani Copyright Law Had

Copyright History in Oman

Unlike many other countries in the Arab world, Oman was never colonized by neither of England or France and did not inherent copyright law from a colonizing regime. There is no record of any movement by the authors or the creative industries in Oman calling for a the establishment of a copyright law. Therefore copyright law is relatively a recent legal development in Oman that took … Continue reading Copyright History in Oman

Oman: Copyright Country Profile

Current Copyright Law:  Royal Decree No 65/2008 Issuing the Copyright and Neighbouring Rights Law [مرسوم سلطاني رقم ٦٥ / ٢٠٠٨ باصدار قانون حقوق المؤلف والحقوق المجاورة]: Arabic Text + Amendment (2008) Previous Copyright Laws: Royal Decree No 37/2000 Issuing the Copyright and Neighbouring Rights Protection Law [مرسوم سلطاني رقم ٣٨ / ٢٠٠٠ باصدار قانون حماية حقوق … Continue reading Oman: Copyright Country Profile

Omani Bloggers and Copyright

A bizarre event occurred today in which expat blogger Angry in Oman was shocked to see a post she wrote on her blog posted in OmanForum under a username identical to her blog name. Angry in Oman was outraged because it seemed as she personally made those posts on the forum and the blog post … Continue reading Omani Bloggers and Copyright

Copyright Exceptions in Oman

The exceptions to copyright vary from one country to another. In Oman, the permitted uses of copyright works are expressed in Chapter 5 of Royal Decree 65/2008. First of all, unlike the USA, and more like the UK, there is no general exception of fair use in Oman. The list of copyright exceptions is an … Continue reading Copyright Exceptions in Oman

Patents Granted in Oman in 2016

There are three ways to acquire patent protection in Oman. You can either go to the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MOCI) and file a patent application there, or you can go to Saudi and apply for a GCC level patent, or you can use the international system for patent registration provided by the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). … Continue reading Patents Granted in Oman in 2016