It is stated by the law that the owner of an invention has an exclusive proprietary right over it. Therefore a book may be considered an intellectual property, and its author may have the rightful ownership over it. UAE law prohibits publishing or providing such intellectual property to the public directly or indirectly, unless one has owner’s prior consent. Accordingly, if someone publishes a book without owner’s consent, the applicable punishment according to the UAE law is two month imprisonment, or a monetary fine raging from AED 20,000 to AED 50,000 or both.
The author also has the right to choose how this property will be published, unless he waives his right to ownership. In addition, any change to the author’s intellectual property is considered illegal and the author will have the right to contest such an act. However, changes in translation that may take place during the translation are not considered illegal as long as the translator refers to it.
It is important to consider that if the intellectual property is given to the public by the author, then there will be no crime against who publishes it beside him as long as the latter did no change its subject or its author. This was stipulated through Dubai’s criminal court of cassation when it sentenced that, “there is no charge to be considered against the respondent, as the claimants had put the songs records [which were the subject of such dispute] on the internet and gave a free access to the public to it”.