Certain changes are expected to be introduced to the legislation in order to expand the availability of copyrighted digital content of electronic libraries in Azerbaijan.
In his interview with journalists the head of the Copyright Agency Kamran Imanov said that a number of changes have been made to the copyright laws as a result of the rapid development of digital technologies in the country.
“Today, electronic libraries have difficulties with handling digital content. In this connection, we have decided to prepare recommendations and proposals at the international level. Certain changes are expected to be made to the Law on Library, Law on Publishing and the Law on Copyright to make sure that the authors of scientific and fiction publications that are being held in electronic libraries are paid royalties for the personal use of their works. The amount of royalty will depend on the volume of downloaded material.”
Note that changes will be made to Article 18 “Reprographic reproduction of works by libraries, archives and educational institutions” and Article 19 “Use of works for informational, scientific, educational and other purposes” of the Law on Copyright and Related Rights of the Republic of Azerbaijan.