The Adoption of the American Model of Fair Use in the UAE Copyright Law

  • Rami Olwan


The fair use doctrine is one of the most important and enigmatic doctrines in the copyright law of the United States. IP scholars and experts have suggested introducing flexible open-ended copyright exception such as fair use instead of the restrictive exceptions adopted in many countries to accommodate copyright laws to keep pace with digital and technological developments and suit social and cultural needs. This chapter studies the merits and demerits of this proposal from the perspective of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) that follows the continental European system of author’s rights. It reviews copyright exceptions in the UAE Federal Copyright Law No. 7 of 2002, as amended (UAE Copyright Law), and compares it with copyright laws in other countries including the United States (US), United Kingdom (UK) and France. It examines the various options available to the UAE legislator to reform its copyright regime and suggests the adoption of a liberal system of exceptions to suit the needs of the UAE and its citizens in the twenty-first century.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rami Olwan
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  1. 1.Queenlands University of Technology (QUT)BrisbaneAustralia

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