KUWAIT CITY, May 11, (KUNA): Minister of Information and Minister of State for Youth Affairs Sheikh Salman Sabah Al-Salem Al-Humoud Al-Sabah hailed the National Assembly’s approval of a law on copyright ownership, saying that it represents Kuwait’s eagerness to protect intellectual property.
In a press statement on Wednesday, Sheikh Salman noted that “copyright ownership is no less important than protecting human rights.” The law will help develop cultural, artistic and literary works in the country and encourage youth to showcase their talents and creativity in these fields, he added. “Pirates of thought and ideas have no place in Kuwait now thanks to this bill; an umbrella, under which every talent and intellectual, either Kuwaiti or not, is protected, which reflects the state’s vision towards enriching cultural and intellectual creativity,” Minister Salman Al-Sabah underlined.
He further pointed out that approval of such bill stresses statue of Kuwaiti constitutional institutions in supporting cultural and artistic movements, as well as alleviating the level of media services within national efforts in human resources and intellectual development.
The law, according to the manifesto, includes 45 articles distributed on three chapters, most importantly of which is the article designating an item as “Every scientific, artistic or literature innovation regardless of means of expression, significance or purpose.”
The law approval yesterday came in time of Kuwait’s celebration for being chosen as a capital of Islamic culture for 2016, and the anniversary of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) on April 26.