Copyright Registration

Is there a centralized copyright agency in Iran, and if so, what does this agency do?

There is a centralized agency in Iran responsible for copyright-related issues, known as the Iranian Cultural and Artistic Organization. This organization primarily handles copyright registration and protection, assists in copyright dispute resolution, and promotes intellectual property awareness and respect in the country.

Is there a system for copyright registration in Iran, and if so, how do you apply for a copyright registration, and what are the fees?

Yes, Iran does have a copyright registration system. To register a work, you need to submit an application to the Iranian Cultural and Artistic Organization. The application must include a copy of the work, the applicant's details, and a description of the work. The registration fees depend on the type of work and its complexity.

Is copyright registration mandatory? If copyright registration is mandatory, what are the consequences for failure to register, and if not, what are the benefits of registration?

While copyright registration is not mandatory in Iran, it does offer some benefits. Registration provides a public record of the copyright claim and can serve as prima facie evidence in a court of law. Failure to register doesn't lead to legal consequences, but it may reduce the protections available in disputes.


Is there a requirement of copyright notice, and if so, what are the consequences for failure to use a copyright notice?

While Iran's copyright laws don't explicitly require a copyright notice, it's often used to alert potential infringers to the copyright status. Failure to include a notice doesn't invalidate the copyright, but it may affect damages awarded in infringement cases.

Is there a requirement of copyright deposit, and if so, what are the consequences for failure to make a copyright deposit?

Iranian copyright law doesn't require copyright deposit. The copyright comes into existence at the time of the work's creation.

What are the consequences for failure to register a copyrighted work?

As mentioned earlier, registration is not mandatory in Iran. However, failure to register may limit the remedies available in copyright infringement cases.


What is the relevant legislation in Iran? What agency enforces it?

The primary copyright law in Iran is the Law for the Protection of Authors, Composers, and Artists Rights. This law is enforced by the Iranian Cultural and Artistic Organization, among other agencies.

Are there any specific provisions of the copyright laws that address the digital exploitation of works?

Iranian copyright law does cover digital exploitation of works. Unlicensed reproduction, distribution, or public display of copyrighted works, including digital media, is considered an infringement.

Do the copyright laws have extraterritorial application to deal with foreign-owned or foreign-operated websites that infringe copyright?

The law is unclear on its extraterritorial application to foreign-owned or foreign-operated websites. Generally, enforcement tends to focus on domestic issues.


Who is the owner of a copyrighted work? May an employer own a copyrighted work made by an employee? May a hiring party own a copyrighted work made by an independent contractor? May a copyrighted work be co-owned? May rights be transferred, and if so, what rules and procedures apply? May rights be licensed, and if so, what rules and procedures apply?

Under Iranian law, the creator of a work is usually the initial owner of the copyright. However, an employer can own a copyrighted work made by an employee in the scope of employment if agreed upon contractually. Similarly, a hiring party can own a copyrighted work made by an independent contractor if specified in the contract.

A copyrighted work can indeed be co-owned if created by more than one person. Copyright rights can also be transferred through a written agreement

. Licensing is also possible under Iranian law, and it is usually regulated by the terms of the license agreement.

International Aspects

Which international copyright conventions apply to Iran? What obligations are imposed by Iran's membership of international copyright conventions?

As of my knowledge cut-off in 2021, Iran is not a member of any major international copyright conventions, such as the Berne Convention or the Universal Copyright Convention.


Digital piracy remains a significant concern in Iran, with the proliferation of unlicensed software and media. However, Iran's cultural and legal perspectives on copyright have started to shift, driven by its burgeoning tech industry and its desire to participate more fully in the global economy. The government has taken steps to strengthen copyright protections and to educate the public about the importance of intellectual property rights. This evolving landscape points towards Iran potentially reconsidering its stance on joining international copyright conventions in the future.