Republishing Naguib Mahfouz’s works and the position of the heirs towards the presented offers.. the full story

A few months, and the copyright contract signed by the late world writer Naguib Mahfouz with the publishing house currently contracted with it expires, as the contract is scheduled to expire during the next year 2022, especially since it is the exclusive publisher of the works of the owner of the “trilogy” for more than two decades.

Mrs. Umm Kulthum, daughter of the late world writer Naguib Mahfouz, recently stated that the intellectual property rights of the publishing house for the works of the Nobel Prize owner will expire within a few months, noting that the heirs received more than one offer to publish the works of the late writer after the end of the current contract.

And it was reported that Umm Kulthum, the daughter of the late world writer Naguib Mahfouz, had recently contracted to publish her father’s works electronically for free on the platform of one of the institutions on the Internet, in conjunction with the negotiation of a large number of Egyptian and Arab publishing houses with the heirs of the owner of the Nobel in literature in order to obtain printing rights His works in paper, after the end of the contract of Dar Al-Shorouk, which is scheduled to expire within a few months.

The Foundation obtained the electronic publishing rights for all Naguib Mahfouz’s works, and it is scheduled to be offered free of charge through its platform, as well as an application owned by this institution, after the expiration of the current contract period, the end of next April, and it will be available for life, after it provided a financial compensation to the heirs, and details are scheduled to be announced. Contracting a press conference during the coming period.

Sources close to the late writer’s family said in exclusive statements to “The Seventh Day” that the Nobel’s family, until recently, refused to renew the contract with the current publishing house, but all matters remain until the end of the contract, noting at the same time that Naguib Mahfouz’s family received Dozens of offers from Egyptian and Arab publishing houses in order to obtain copyright, noting that so far the heirs have not reached any agreement with any Egyptian or Arab publisher in order to publish Mahfouz’s work.

At the same time, the sources confirmed that none of the government publishing agencies entered into negotiations with the family of the world writer Naguib Mahfouz, in order to obtain the rights to publish his works, or to print popular editions of his novels.

This comes in conjunction with the continuation of the judicial battle between the heirs of the world writer Naguib Mahfouz, and the American University Publishing House, the awarding body of the award bearing his name from the American University, and the exclusive publisher of translations of the world writer, for continuing to violate her father’s intellectual rights, despite the automatic termination of the contract with the publishing house since 2006, his death, along with continuous violations by the publishing house of the rights of the world writer, were discovered by concluding contracts to sell the rights of Mahfouz’s works to American publishing and production companies without referring to his family, according to the late writer’s daughter.


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