In this article, we intend to talk about the copyright of books in Iran and the challenges that foreign authors face in distributing their works in Iran. As you may know more or less, copyright has its own rules like other property rights. In the copyright of books and other works, you are the owner of an idea that you have the right to sell or transfer to others. In Iran, specific laws for copyright have been formulated and implemented. We will explain this in more detail below.

As you may know more or less, copyright has its own rules like other property rights.

Copyright in Iran

A look at book copyright in Iran

As mentioned above, there are specific laws for book copyright in Iran. According to the law, if a work is protected by the law, anyone who knowingly and intentionally publishes that work in his own name or takes advantage of it without permission, commits a legal violation and is sentenced to 6 months to 3 years of disciplinary imprisonment. will be It is necessary to pay attention to the points in this law. In this law, it is mentioned that the work must be supported by the law. That means you must have registered your work with a legal authority. It is also mentioned in this law that this work is intentional. That is, if the person does not know about the existence of the work or has an idea similar to the work, it does not include the violations registered in this law.

Copyright rights of books by foreign authors in Iran
It is interesting to know that all the legal cases mentioned for the copyright of the book in the previous article are related to the works that were published for the first time in Iran. This means that the works of foreign authors are not included in this law in Iran. The reason for this is that Iran is not a member of the Swiss Bern Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works. This is the reason why foreign authors or any type of works published abroad do not have the legal right to pursue copyright in Iran. Of course, this issue has also had bad consequences for Iran. In any case, Iran is not a member of the World Trade Organization and therefore cannot benefit from its benefits.

it is not permissible to use the works of foreign authors in terms of human and religious ethics.

Copyright of foreign works


A question that may arise for many people is that, considering that there is no copyright law for foreign authors, can their works be used without permission? The answer to the question is in reference to human ethics and conscience in the context of social and cultural conditions and considering the current conditions. Of course, it is necessary to pay attention to the fact that religious scholars in Iran do not consider it permissible to use without obtaining permission. Therefore, it can be said that under certain conditions, it is not permissible to use the works of foreign authors in terms of human and religious ethics. But we can definitely say that there is no legal limit for it. Another thing that should be noted is that internationally, if an author does such a thing without permission, the author's reputation will be greatly reduced at the global level.

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