Copyright (Amidst) Chaos in Syria: One Step Forward…
International Journal of Research From the Front-line, Vol.1. No.2. April 2016
16 Pages Posted: 10 Apr 2016
Date Written: April 8, 2016
There is hardly any legal topic evokes the same emotional response that has accompanied the debate over the modernization of intellectual property laws in Syria in general and the Copyright and Related Rights Law of 2013 in particular. Many still perceive the World Intellectual Property Organisation’s system as a form of ‘colonial exploitation’ intended to advance the interests of the developed world at the expense of poor countries. Discussions were further influenced by concerns over the education sector that has suffered more than its share of conflict and has lost a significant proportion of its infrastructure. This article, offering a novel insight into the Syrian copyright system, will: (1) examine the major aspects of the Copyright and Related Rights Law of 2013; (2) investigate the extensive use of copyright exceptions and compulsory licensing to limit the impact of copyright protection on the Syrian education system; (3) examine the extent to which the new law has successfully moved the Syrian copyright system into the new millennium.
Keywords: Copyright, Law, Syria, Technology, WTO, WIPO
JEL Classification: K00
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