During the seminar
During the seminar

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), together with the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Kazakhstan, organised a seminar on 16 and 17 October 2019 on “Copyright Protection in the Internet: Problems and Prospects”. Most of those attending this event were employees of Kazakh judicial authorities and representatives of judicial authorities in the Russian Federation, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. The subjects covered by the forty or so participants at the event included:

  • An overview of the activities of the WIPO,
  • the enforcement of Intellectual Property Law,
  • the legal framework for protecting copyright and related property rights on the Internet,
  • the legal nature of online piracy,
  • enforcing copyright under civil law,
  • voluntary measures for recognising copyright law,
  • the latest European reforms of copyright law and
  • the liability of website operators.

Ministerialrat Matthias Schmid, Head of Division at the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection, was appointed by the IRZ to take part in the event. His lecture on the latest European reforms of copyright law was met with great interest in the lecture hall. 

Both days of the seminar were structured around lectures followed by round table discussions. All the speakers took part in these discussions, including those from the WIPO, the CIS and the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media. This led to a lively debate on current topics concerning the copyright situation in Kazakhstan and on the protection of copyright on the Internet. It soon became clear that the copyright issues that are currently under discussion in Germany are just as relevant in Kazakhstan. 

The seminar was successful and productive, paving the way for future events on this subject.