Despite a notice issued before the start of the film warning against photography and video, many still indulge in the practice.
Have you ever taken a video or photo of a movie at the cinema? This could result in a heavy fine and even jail time.
Despite a notice issued before the start of the film warning moviegoers not to take photographs or videos as this violates the country’s copyright laws, many still indulge in this practice.
“In the United Arab Emirates, it is illegal to film or photograph a film scene while watching a film in a cinema without the permission of the copyright holders of the film content.”
saying Alexander Kukuev, managing partner of Uppercase Legal Advisory.
In 2021, the UAE Government issued a new Federal Law No. 38 of 2021 on copyright and related rights, which came into force in January 2022 and replaced the old Federal Law No. 7 of 2002.
“With regard to copyright infringement, Articles 39, 40 and 41 of UAE Federal Law No. 38 of 2021 provide for sanctions that may include fines, imprisonment and seizure and destruction of infringing copies, as well as the acts that are considered copyright infringement. , such as reproducing, distributing and communicating a copyrighted work without the permission of the copyright owner.”
“In the United Arab Emirates, it is illegal to film or photograph a movie scene while watching a movie in a cinema without the permission of the copyright holders. The offense is considered a violation of copyright and violators may be subject to fines of up to Dh100,000 and/or imprisonment of up to two months.”
he said, citing article 30 of the law.
Furthermore, UAE copyright law is based on international agreements and treaties, including the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works. The United Arab Emirates became a member of the convention in 2004.
There is also an age restriction for entry to cinemas in the United Arab Emirates.
“Cinemas in the UAE must strictly comply with age classification, which requires inspecting customers’ proof of age and identification documents. However, there is no responsibility for minors or their parents; “The main consequence will be the deprivation of the opportunity to see a film in the cinema.”
News Source: Khaleej Times