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Turkish copyright law now almost complies with the WIPO internet treaties. Ugur Aktekin of Mehmet Gün & Partners outlines the changes the law has gone through

Copyright and neighbouring rights law, which aims to protect literary and artistic works, and the rights arising from these works, is easily affected by social, economic, technological and cultural developments within society. The existing law, along with interpretation rules, at times addresses these developments but sometimes new rules are inevitable.

The Bern Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic works, the first international treaty on copyrights, has been updated several times in the 120 years since it was signed in 1888. The 1961 Rome Convention for the Protection of Performers, Producers of Phonograms and Broadcasting Organizations aims to protect neighbouring rights to copyrights. These treaties are out of date, primarily due to the rapid development of internet and information technologies. Rather than update the existing treaties, it was decided to introduce new ones. As a result of long-lasting studies by the expert committees of the WIPO, which took almost...

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