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Dubai photographer – Issa Al Kindy – settles copyright breach successfully

As a Dubai photographer or want to be based in Dubai/UAE, it is important to be aware of the intellectual and copyright laws. People in the creative field, such as photographers spend nights and days in preparing, producing and post producing in order to bring life and uniqueness to their visual work.

aramanstudio’s very own Dubai portraits photographer, Issa Al Kindy had a first hand experience, when a top international brand used one of his photos which was intended for editorial use in one of their print advertising campaigns without his permission.

Al Kindy luckily knew what he was doing and pursued his rights to success.

Here as some of the tips that he shared on his blog in dealing with these kind of situations:

First: be familiar about the copyright law in Dubai and UAE.

Second: make sure that as the owner of the photos (YOU), properly file and/or archive the images with proper meta data and the Copyright and Creator fields completed on your own cameras and/or post production software before handing over the digital art work.

Third: agreements must be carefully drafted, wherein the scope of work, usage, duration of license must be specified correctly.

Finally: consult a lawyer when there is a breech of the signed agreement.

To learn more about your rights as a Dubai photographer and about the Federal Law No. 40 of 1992 on the protection of intellectual and copyright work, visit Al Kindy blog at: