Morocco/ 5.3 Sector specific legislation  

5.3.1 Visual and applied arts

An artist is defined by law [26] as a person who conducts an artistic activity on a full- or part-time basis in return for an income, by contract, through the sale of some product, by leasing it or by executing it for a public administration, local commune or public institution. This law defines artistic activity as any activity that takes as its object:

  • A creative work of art or a work of art created by a person, particularly in the fields of audio-visual, production, photography, fine arts, music, theatre, written and oral literature, dance and design.
  • An artistic performance, or any work of art intended to be presented or artistically executed through any medium by a person, particularly in the fields of music, variety, circus and puppetry.


Law [42] defines applied artistry as every creative utilitarian work of art, and every creative work integrated into a tool, whether in the field of handicraft or industry.


This law considers every recording of light, any recording on light-sensitive material or any picture that may be produced from it as a photographic artistic work regardless of the technological means employed (chemical, electronic or other).


The law does not consider any photograph extracted from an audio-visual artistic work as an artistic work unto itself but rather a part of the work from which it originates.


Visual and applied arts pursuant to the preceding definitions are subject to the provisions of these two laws and their executive decrees (listed in Table 5.1 and mentioned in paragraphs 5.1.7 and 5.1.8).


Chapter published: 05-05-2016


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