Strengthening the copyright system by supporting creative and copyright-based industries
Globally, and especially in the European Union, the creative and cultural economy has been recognised as an important and growing part of the global economy with governments and creative sectors increasingly acknowledging its importance as a combiner of arts, culture, technology and economy. Significant progress was made aligning and enforcing intellectual property rights and fighting piracy in Turkey under a one-year EU-supported programme that concluded in 2007. Among the outcomes was a draft law on amending existing legislation on intellectual and artistic works. However, technological developments and progress in intellectual property systems elsewhere has presented new challenges in the area.
The aims of the project and its core activities
The objective of the project is to establish a more effective copyright system in order to promote creative and copyright-based industries.
Boosting administrative capacity will involve enhancing current enforcement mechanisms, increasing coordination between enforcement bodies, setting up alternative dispute resolution methods and developing expertise among officials at the General Directorate of Copyright of the Ministry of Culture in order to enable them to follow international developments.
This step will include a review of Turkish copyright law and related legislation and a consultation process that will involve study visits to enable officials to incorporate EU best practices in Turkish regulations and procedures.
Within the scope of the project, more intensive, systematic and wide-ranging collaboration between the arts, academia, scientific institutions, the private sector and other stakeholders will be promoted. In addition, private–public initiatives will be encouraged to increase awareness of the link between an effective copyright system and creative/copyright-based industries.
A third component will aim to create more transparent collecting societies, which will include reducing the complexity of copyright licensing, to ensure effective and fair licensing and distribution.