Lebanon/ 5.3 Sector specific legislation  

5.3.4 Literature and libraries

There is only limited number of laws pertaining to authoring:

Copyright Law 35 of 1999 pertaining to the organization of author's rights. This law specifies the works covered by protection, copyright owners and conditions, term and scope of protection, in addition to the works excluded from protection.

Decree 918 of 2007 pertaining to the creation, organization and mechanisms of associations and companies active in the field of copyrights and related rights, and method of control by the Ministry of Culture on these associations and companies and verification of violations.

In addition, Lebanon has ratified the following two copyright agreements:

Bern Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works.

UNESCO Universal Copyright Convention of 1952.

In this field, Circular 6/1 pertaining to the protection of written literary, artistic and scientific works was issued by the Ministry of Economy and Trade, and part four of Law 36 of 2008 pertaining to the public institutions affiliated to the Ministry of Culture addresses the creation of the National Library, its objectives and defines the means to achieve these objectives.

It is known that the National Library was created in the 1920s and reached the peak of its glory between 1940 and 1975 but its glamour faded during the civil war and its contents were destructed and looted. Some items however were recovered and preserved.

Chapter published: 07-04-2016