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Heydari L, Hadavand M. Exhibition of Foreign Cinematographic Works in Iranian Legal System. MLJ. 2014; 7 :95-110
URL: http://ijmedicallaw.ir/article-1-539-en.html
1- مدیرکل دفتر حقوقی و امور مالکیت معنوی وزارت فرهنگ و ارشاد اسلامی، تهران، ایران
2- دانشگاه ارشاد، تهران، ایران

At the moment, the protection of domestic cinematographic works is subject to "Act for Protection of Authors, Composers and Artists Rights (Copyright Law) 1970". The fact is that despite this act does not protect foreign cinematographic works and Iran is not a member of the Berne Convention and therefore Cinematographic works belonged to the foreign authors are not supported in Iran territory (except in the case of a treaty between Iran and other countries), however, in practice and in some cases, protection of foreign cinematographic works in Iran legal system, is above the law. In this article, we intend -in addition to the review of legal system in respect of exhibition of foreign Cinematographic works in Iran and clarify of certain provisions- to respond to these questions; with regard to Iran's non-membership of the Berne Convention, Rome and other treaties such as the WIPO Copyright Treaty and TRIPS why and how the rights of the authors of foreign cinematographic works are protected in Iran? And if this protection is logical and desirable, based on the existing criteria? What is the impact upon the Iranian film industry? In the case of Iran's accession to the Berne Convention or the adoption of new legislation concerning copyright and related rights, what changes in the present status of the cinema industry in Iran will happen?

Type of Study: Review Article |
Received: 2013/06/19 | Accepted: 2013/08/7

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