Time to lay down rules of blogging to protect IPR
DUBAI - Blogs, being new in terms of online communication, does not have a bad impact on intellectual property rights, but development of awareness and precautionary regulations are needed to avoid violations, according to a legal advisor.
“The situation is quite different in the West as numerous blogs have become more specific, even scientific, and they have turned into a real business worth millions of dollars. Thus, IPR infringements are now a phenomenon there,” said Khalid B El Nour, Legal Advisor with Dubai Customs.
Nour said even some big news agencies have committed such violations by re-broadcasting others’ wires and feeds without permission, claiming lack of funds or financial deficit.
“Some cyber quotations may be permitted under certain policies, such as Fair Dealing in the UK, Fair Use in the US or Private Copying in Europe. Nonetheless, most copying on the Internet is illegal.”
Added to this, Nour said similar and more dangerous infringements are expected in the Arab world very soon in view of the digital explosion.
“Hence, precautionary measures are necessary not only to protect others’ rights, but also the blogger himself,” Nour told Khaleej Times on Wednesday on the sidelines of the First Arab Bloggers Conference that concluded in Ajman on Thursday.
“It is not possible for a legislation to cover the developments, particularly the digital or electronic, over a period of ten years, and, therefore, we need to be more cautious and ready for potential gaps or risks in the blogging sphere.
“However, we do not want to hamper creativity; we just want to protect the rights of bloggers and others as well, yet give them more chance to voice their minds in a more responsible way based on mature awareness.”
The IPR violations mostly take the shape of cyber quotations, mostly “scientific researches, literary extracts, movies and songs”.
For the IPR to survive and be protected, the bodies concerned should always think of new and unconventional techniques to enhance cooperation between rights-holders and beneficiaries, Nour said.
“There are two ways to protect digital products. Those include legal and technical protections: the legal shield implies in advance warning before using the product and punishment for abuse, while the technical security involves encryption, passwords, pass codes, and so forth,” he said.
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