Copyright law of Azerbaijan

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Copyright law in Azerbaijan governs copyright in Azerbaijan. The status of copyright law and its protection is regulated by the Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan signed in 1996. The Law on Copyright and Related Rights[1] regulates the relations that arise while creating or using scientific and literary works, as well as works of art. According to this law, adjacent rights to performances, phonograms, and the transfer of broadcasting and cable broadcasting organizations are also streamlined. The Law was amended in 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2017, 2018 and 2021.[1]: 37 

Azerbaijan is one of the 190 members of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

The legislative framework[edit]

The legal framework of the Law on Copyright and Related Rights includes the Law itself, the Civil Code[2] and legislative acts of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Legislative acts related to copyright and related rights:

  • Law on Entrepreneurship[3] (December 15, 1992);
  • Law on Culture;[4] (December 21, 2012)
  • The Act on the Theaters; (December 26, 2006)
  • Law on Cinematography;[5] (July 3, 1998)
  • Law on Broadcasting;[6] (June 25, 2002)
  • Law on Advertising[7] and others; (May 15, 2015)
  • Law on e-commerce;[8] (January 1, 2017)
  • Law on Electronic Signature and Electronic Document Management.[9] (March 9, 2004)

State policy in the field of copyright[edit]

The main bodies providing protection of copyright law and related rights are the Intellectual Property Rights Protection Center (the Law on the Protection of Intellectual Property in Azerbaijan was signed in 1996) and the Republican Agency for the Protection of Copyright and Related Rights.[10][11] There is also a national registry on copyright laws’ protection on the Internet. In case of copyright infringement, the interference of the Ministry of Internal Affairs is mandatory.

Originally a work was protected for 50 years pma, or from the date of disclosure for anonymous or pseudonymous works.[12] Performer's property rights are protected for 50 years from the date of the performance. Reverse engineering is permissible by persons lawfully in possession of software.[citation needed] The current general term is 70 pma.[1]: Art. 25  It appears that the term changed with the 2010 law.

Azerbaijan introduces a system of copyright laws’ protection on the Internet. Protection of copyright and related rights will be exercised through digital monitoring and licensing soon.[13] The number of objects that have experienced copyright protection is intensively growing.[14][15]

There are only two types of information: public and private (confidential).

1. a public type of information: "daily news", "information articles about various events and facts", etc.

2. a private type of information: "commercial secret", "state secret", "personal or family secret." Protection of information of this kind is provided by legislation.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "The Law on Copyright and Related Rights of the Republic OF Azerbaijan" (PDF).
  2. ^ "Civil Code of Azerbaijan" (PDF).
  3. ^ "Law of the Azerbaijan Republic 'About business activity'". Retrieved May 18, 2018.
  4. ^ "Azerbaijan: Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan on Culture". Retrieved May 18, 2018.
  5. ^ "Azerbaijan Film Commission". Retrieved May 18, 2018.
  6. ^ "Law on Broadcasting". Archived from the original on February 22, 2019. Retrieved May 18, 2018.
  7. ^ "Law on advertising" (PDF).
  8. ^ "Azerbaijan: Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan on Electronic Commerce". Retrieved May 18, 2018.
  9. ^ "Law on Electronic Signature" (PDF).
  10. ^ "Copyright in Azerbaijan" (PDF).
  11. ^ "Copyright agency of the Republic of Azerbaijan". Retrieved May 18, 2018.
  12. ^ "Copyright 2018 | Laws and Regulations | Azerbaijan | ICLG". Copyright 2018 | Laws and Regulations | Azerbaijan | ICLG. Retrieved May 18, 2018.
  13. ^ "Azerbaijan to protect copyright on Internet". December 20, 2013. Retrieved May 18, 2018.
  14. ^ "Azerbaijan Copyright Agency registers over 11,500 works (Photo)". Trend.Az. April 20, 2018. Retrieved May 18, 2018.
  15. ^ "Copyright Lawyers and Organizations". Retrieved May 18, 2018.

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