Under Pakistan's Copyright Ordinance of 1962 and its amendments of 2000, original works of literature, art and science, regardless of type, significance or purpose are protectable.
Protection includes works of art expressed in writing, sound, drawings, photography and motion pictures, such as books, speeches, oral works, dramatic works, musical composition, films, phonographic works and applied art. Such works are protected for the lifetime of the author plus 50 years following his/her death.
Civil remedies by way of injunction and/or damages, and criminal remedies by way of fine and imprisonment are available through the courts of Pakistan. Police raids are also permissible.
Pakistan is a member of the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works and the Universal Copyright Convention.