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Majority of Azerbaijan Press Violate Copyrights

June 23, 2010

Only 30 percent of the Azerbaijani news portals write their own news stories, while the remaining 70 percent just copy them, Azerbaijani Copyright Agency Chairman Kamran Imanov stressed at a roundtable called “Copyright in the Mass Media: Problems and Ways of Solution”, held on May 14, 2010.

Imanov cautioned that just because the information in a certain news item is not copyrighted, it does not mean that the item can be used freely.

“In fact, the news is considered the right of the author if the information has the characteristic features, if it transforms into a creative product, and if it contains commentary and analysis,” he explained.

Imanov urged journalists, as champions of freedom of speech and freedom of press, to respect the copyright law, which protects “freedom and inviolability”.

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Source: Trend News Agency

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