The Emirates Reprographic Rights Association
Copyright Management, Education & cultural promotion
ERRA is the licensing body for the secondary uses of literary works in the UAE. The association operates under a voluntary collective licensing system for the reprographic reproduction rights of these works, acting on behalf of authors and publishers. Since the reproduction of literary content must be regulated to prevent misuse and piracy, ERRA was constituted as a not-for-profit (NFP) organization that manages reprographics rights.
The association was established under the Cabinet Resolution No. 299 of 2021 on the 2nd of March 2022, and it’s defined as a collective licensing body under Articles 32-34 of the UAE New Federal Copyright and Neighbouring Rights Law No. 38 of 2021 and Article 15 of the UAE Cabinet Decision No. (47) of 2022 on the Implementing Regulation of the New Copyright Law. Therefore, aligned with these legal frameworks and following best practices, ERRA strives to ensure all its operations and governance structures are fair. That way, authors’ and publishers’ interests are fairly represented according to the law.
ERRA is committed to providing a sustainable framework for its operations, supported by a comprehensive support system. Therefore, in the event of a dispute, complaints must be filed to the Governance Body and the Chairman Board for a resolution. Furthermore, our association is on a continuous quest for efficiency and innovation to ensure our members are fairly represented. However, if the matter is not handled correctly, the case will be taken to mediation according to the laws that govern the licensing body (The new UAE Federal Copyright and Neighbouring Rights Law No. (38) of the Year 2021 and Ministerial Decision No. — of —
ERRA fosters best practices to deliver a consistent and transparent legal structure to manage reprographic rights and represent creators and authors collectively. That’s why, aligned with these regulations, we have established specific mediation and arbitration procedures. That way, we strengthen our commitment to representing the rights of creators and publishers.
Meet Our Board
And Meet the Executive team that oversees the daily operation of ERRA and ensures we meet the operational standards in compliance with the Law:
The Emirates Reprographic Rights Management Association (ERRA) receives revenue from domestic licensing schemes on behalf of authors and publishers. It also receives licensing revenue from foreign Reproduction Rights Organisations (RROs) and Collective Management Organisations (CMOs) on behalf of authors and publishers in the United Arab Emirates for copying and other uses of their works overseas. Therefore, the Distribution Policy sets out the process by which ERRA will allocate those revenues. These policies that govern the distribution of the material and the associated royalties give the Emirates Reprographic Rights Management Association the right to control the material while acting on behalf of authors and publishers’ best interests. That way, the association becomes the one in charge of collecting and fairly distributing the remuneration to rightsholders.