Intellectual Property Rights of Visual Arts in Iran

By: Pinky Chadha  

The intellectual property rights (IPR) of the artwork is a clear topic. However, the mechanism of this law is not so easy for Iran. Many countries have become members of international treaties over time, but for various reasons, such as economic sanctions and the inability to buy and sell property rights for Iran (especially in the field of IT and software, medical, mechanical, etc.), lack of cultural and social readiness in order to restrict IPR and to continue to implement it, it has not yet been possible for Iran to subscribe to these agreements unconditionally. The hypothesis of the present study is that the problems regarding the IPR for artworks in Iran are probably because of the sanctions and the boundaries in political and economic affairs between Iran and the West. The purpose is to explain and analyze the effects of the sanctions and Iran’s relationship with the West on the IPR of the artworks in Iran; and to describe how a political bias is affecting the careers of artists, with an analytical-descriptive methodology. Thus the conclusion is that political bias of the West regarding the sanctions may influence the artistic careers instead of Iran’s political outlook.

Intellectual property rights, Arts, Sanctions, Iran
The Arts in Social, Political, and Community Life
Paper Presentation in a Themed Session

Dr. Pinky Chadha

Postdoctoral Researcher, Art faculty, Alzahra University, Iran

Post-Doctoral Researcher, living in Iran, and working on a comparative study on the Intellectual property rights in Iran and India. I hold a PhD in art research and my thesis was a comparative study between Iran and India on two ritual performances named Kathak and Sema of Mewlana, on the basis of Iconology and the theory models of Panowsky. My M.A is also in the field of Art Research.