Copy­right sup­ports eco­nomic devel­op­ment: MOCI

Oman Daily Observer - - INSIDEOMAN - BUSI­NESS RE­PORTER MUS­CAT, DEC 8

change colour. This treat­ment lasts long if the stone is worn in nor­mal con­di­tions or with any trans­par­ent gem­stone. Some­times, cer­tain treat­ments are done to fill the cracks in the spinel stone to im­prove its look and ap­pear­ance. But some ma­te­ri­als used for fill­ing of cracks change over time, af­fect­ing its ap­pear­ance. The copy­right and re­lated rights of in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty play an im­por­tant role in the eco­nomic and so­cial devel­op­ment of all ad­vanced, de­vel­op­ing or less de­vel­oped so­ci­ety. No coun­try in this era can imag­ine it­self with­out a le­gal frame­work for the pro­tec­tion of in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty, par­tic­u­larly with the cur­rent eco­nomic and tech­no­log­i­cal de­vel­op­ments sweep­ing the world. This is even more im­por­tant in the light of the new global econ­omy, which is rapidly be­com­ing an econ­omy based on knowl­edge, in­for­ma­tion and in­tel­lec­tual prod­ucts and which have mas­sive ma­te­rial value.

Badriya bint Khal­fan al Rah­biya, head of the copy­right depart­ment in the Min­istry of Com­merce and In­dus­try (MOCI) said: “Copy­right is a le­gal term which de­scribes the rights granted to cre­ative writ­ers and artists for their lit­er­ary and artis­tic works. Copy­right cov­ers a wide range of books, mu­sic, oil paint­ings, sculp­tures and films to com­puter soft­ware, data­bases, ad­ver­tise­ments, geo­graphic maps and tech­ni­cal draw­ings.”

Badriya al Rah­biya added,” The pop­u­lar works pro­tected by copy­right are: lit­er­ary works such as nov­els, po­ems, plays, ref­er­ence works, news­pa­per ar­ti­cles, com­puter soft­ware and data­bases, films, mu­sic, chore­og­ra­phy, and works of art such as oil paint­ings, draw­ings, pho­to­graphs, sculp­tures, ar­chi­tec­tural works, ad­ver­tise­ment, geo­graphic maps and tech­ni­cal draw­ings.”

She said that the copy­right pro­tec­tion in­cluded ex­pres­sions, not ideas, pro­ce­dures, meth­ods of work or math­e­mat­i­cal con­cepts per se. Copy­right pro­tec­tion may be avail­able or not avail­able for a num­ber of things, such as ti­tles, short sen­tences, or lo­gos, de­pend­ing on the ra­tio of orig­i­nal el­e­ment.

The stone which does not con­tain any vis­i­ble im­pu­ri­ties is more valu­able than the spinel stone with im­pu­ri­ties of which can be seen with the naked eye.

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