When is copying a copyrighted work justified?

16 December 2022

Manasi Dicholkar

Doctrine of Fair Use under Copyright Law in the UAE

A fair use exception to a creator's rights that allows for the restricted use of copyrighted material without the author's permission. The fair use principle prevents a rigorous application of copyright law, which would be counterproductive to copyright's main objective of fostering creation.

In UAE Article 23 of the legislation defines 'fair use' as the reproduction of a work. In certain circumstances, the law allows for the copying of a copyrighted work without infringing on an author's intellectual property rights. Which means that the author cannot stop a copyrighted work from being published in publications, such as periodicals or newspapers, or by broadcasting companies if it fits into one of the following categories.

1. Making a single copy of a copyrighted work for exclusively personal use, with some exceptions for specific works.

2. Reproduction is a necessary and accidental component of the work's digital transmission between parties.

3. The relevant work is transmitted or broadcast by a person who is permitted by the lawful owner or by law to make the reproduction.

4. Reproduction is necessary and incidental to carrying out a legal action, and it is done in such a way that the copy is automatically deleted and cannot be recovered.

Therefore, Current-events-related extracts, Debate Publication, Public Opinion, and Reporting on current events are all examples of Fair Use under the UAE Copyright Law.

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