In Egypt Chapter 3 of the Law No. 82 of 2002 on the Protection of Intellectual Property Rights starting from Article 138 governs Copyright subject matters. This law repeals earlier applicable law i.e. Law No. 354 of 1954 pertaining to Copyright Protection.

Egypt is a member of Berne Convention since June 07, 1977 and as such Copyright protection does not requires any formalities. Any original literary and artistic work is protectable in Egypt in favor of authors and/or owners.

Computer Programs are also subject to Copyright protection.

Egyptian Copyright law has clear provisions on Moral and Financial Right assignment. In accordance with Egyptian Copyright Law, any transaction assigning Moral right will be null and void. This is exactly the position taken under Saudi Copyright Law.

There are clear provisions on financial rights of Broadcasting organizations in Egyptian law for a period of twenty years calculated from date of first broadcast.

Publishers, printers and producers of works, sound recordings, performance recordings and broadcast programs shall be required jointly to deposit one or more copies, not exceeding 10, of their works. The competent minister shall decide the number of such copies or their equivalent substitutes, taking into consideration the nature of each work, and the place of deposit.

Failure to deposit shall not affect the author's rights and related rights provided for under this Law. However non-despot of work as required under law is punishable by a fine of not less than 1,000 pounds and not more than 3,000 pounds per work, sound recording or broadcast program. Imposing fine does not exempt requirement to deposit work, and it will be still applicable.

Any person may obtain from the competent ministry a certificate for a deposited work, recorded performance, sound recording or broadcast program, against payment of a fee prescribed.

Non-deposit of work will not prejudice the enjoyment of exclusive rights in Copyright.

Egyptian Copyright Law has provisions on Civil and Criminal actions. Provisions on compensation and damages are also provided in the law, and the Courts are empowered to take necessary preventive actions to stop infringement of Copyrights.

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