Copyright Law in Turkey Key Development and Predictions 2023

Turkish copyright law continues to develop solutions to issues arising from new technological developments while also focusing on existing and traditional sub-fields.

Many plagiarism cases concerned with cinematographic works have been filed in the past year, receiving significant media coverage. Expert reports have elaborated on the subject of plagiarism in these cases, including those filed against award-winning films and TV shows. The elaboration of the term before the courts is important as there is no fixed definition provided in Law on Intellectual and Artistic Works no. 5846 (“LIAW”). Amendments to LIAW have additionally led to ambiguity regarding cinematographic works created before 1995. First passed in 1951, the law still does not keep up with the rapidly developing modern technological world.

Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) have received significant attention alongside the ownership rights of works created by artificial intelligence. Important amendments affecting the protection of intellectual property rights have been made to the E-commerce Law in response to the rapid expansion of e-commerce and digitalisation. We have also seen a new discussion emerge in Turkish law surrounding publishing rights on online platforms within the scope of the EU Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market.


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