Copyright violations in CIS hit 90 percent: Azerbaijani Copyrights Agency

ICT Materials 7 December 2009 17:33 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, Dec. 7 / corr Trend U.Ismayilova /

Nowadays the Internet has become a market for intellectual products. Over 50 percent of goods sold on the market are intellectual property, Azerbaijani Agency for Copyrights head Karmran Imanov said in Baku today at the international workshop on "Copyrights and the Digital Sphere: Fighting with Piracy and Related Problems."

"Every four of five objects sold on the Internet have a copyright," Imanov said.

In accordance with the forecasts of world experts, the volume of the Internet market will exceed $8 billion in 2009, with over 875 million participants in deals.

Over the past two years the figure has increased by 40 percent. Shopping on virtual networks is mostly done for books, (40 percent), DVDs and games (24 percent) and electronic appliances (23 percent).

"Only one online shop has an opportunity to conclude roughly 1 million deals," Imanov added.

Imanov said online income in 2004 was 27.2 million euro, while in 2008 the figure was 560 million euro. During this period the U.S. digital music market grew from $303 million to $1.860.7 billion. The international sale of musical files was 5.5 percent of the total sale. In 2006 the figure increased to 126 percent and is forecast to increase 10 times to 3.9 billion euro in Europe along by 2011.

Imanov said the development of the IT sector worldwide is also exceeding the speed of improving legislation. Many people complain about the absence of laws and international agreements and there is only "net etiquette." Some specialists offer to change "copyright" to "copyleft."

"In 2008 there were 40 million content files worldwide, which means 95-percent piracy," Iamnov said.

Owners lose 80 percent of their income only due to the use of Internet music.

Imanov said the illegal use of television content has reached a pick.

According to European experts, 60 percent of users between 18 and 40 use illegal audio and visual content.

"Generally, the level of piracy and infringing merchandise across the globe exceeds seven percent with damages of ove r$300 billion," Imanov said.

Piracy comprises 20-40 percent in developed countries and 80-90 percent in CIS countries.

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