Egypt/ 5.3 Sector specific legislation  

5.3.1 Visual and applied arts

Law 82 of 2002 (pertaining to protection of intellectual property right) covers a number of sectors:

  • Books, manuals, articles, publications and other works.
  • Software.
  • Databases, whether computer or other.
  • Lectures, speeches, sermons and other verbal works, if recorded.
  • Plays, musicals and pantomime works.
  • Musical works, whether or not associated with speech.
  • Audio and visual works.
  • Architectural works.
  • Painting works (linear or colored, sculpture, printing on stone and cloth and any other works in the field of fine arts.
  • Photographic works and the like.
  • Applied and plastic art works.
  • Illustrations, maps, plans and 3D-works related to geography or architectural designs.
  • Derived works, without prejudice to the protection of the original works.

Visual and applied arts

Egypt has a union for applied artists (a services union) and its members are required to be graduates of the Faculty of Applied Arts. This faculty consists of the departments of decoration, photography, printing, textile and publicity & advertisement.

There are no laws pertaining to this particular field, but article 47 of the constitution may apply: (Freedom of opinion and expression shall be guaranteed and every one shall have the right to express their opinion through speech, writing, portrayal or other forms of expression within the boundaries of the law, self-criticism and constructive criticism to ensure the soundness of national construct), in addition to article 140 of Law 82 of 2002 pertaining to the protection of intellectual property right.

Article 140 of Law 82 of 2002 pertaining to copyright stipulates: "The legal right of creative artists to control the use and reproduction of their original works shall be protected and this protection shall include the work's title if it is original".

Visual arts include video filming, which is the use of the camera to mix the motion picture captured by video and the background available by plastic arts. This type of art (which is now popular thanks to the spread of digital cameras[1]) found its way in Egypt in the early 1990 through a "video art workshop" organized by the Swiss Fund and given that this art is new it has no legal framework or union and most people who practice it are plastic or film artists.


Chapter published: 01-04-2016