Jordan/ 5.1 General legislation  

5.1.8 Data protection laws

In one website it is stated that there is no data protection law.[1]

Never-the-less, you can copyright your materials and creations at the National Library, and these are protected by Law No. 22 from 1992. The law acknowledges creations by artists and writers, programming, theatre, speeches and seminars, music compositions / production, architecture, maps and illustrations. [2]

While the subject matter has gained much attention with efforts from the government to enforce the law, in reality the fines are too small to counter balance the profits gained for businesses such as DVD rental and sales that have been on the increase in the last 10 years.

Additionally, within educational institutions, professors are not aware of the implications of piracy, and may even engage in plagiarism through their work. Also, students in universities still do not understand the legal implications around plagiarism[3] indicating how weak the implementation of the law is.

Chapter published: 04-05-2016