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Turkish Press and Publishers Copyright&Licensing Society

Submitted by veraliah on Tue, 11/28/2017 - 14:54
TBYM, Turkish Press and Publishers Copyright&Licensing Society
Küçükçamlıca Mah. Şekerkaya No: 9/A
+90 (0216) 327 07 73
+90 (0212) 310 590
Chief Executive Name
Mr. Mehmet Burhan Genç
Chief Executive Title
Chief Executive
Chief Executive Phone
Chief Executive Email
Key representative
Atty. Arb. Melahat Boran
Key Advisor of the Board
Key representative
Mrs. Seda Darcan Çiftçi
Member of International Relations Commission
Key representative
Can Yiğit Tunçman
International Relations Director
History of the organisation
Turkish Press and Publishers Copyright & Licensing Society (TBYM), the biggest Professional organization of Turkish publishers which has more members and represents more works than any other Association in the publication sector, was established in accordance with the provisions of Law No. 5846 on Intellectual and Artistic Works. The Association has obtained its legal personality through the approval of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, since when it has been conducting business in the publication sector. An application was submitted to the Ministry of Interior Affairs for a permission to add “Turkey” in the organization’s name, and following the approval of the Ministry, the Association’s full name was changed to “Turkish Press and Publishers Copyright & Licensing Society” as of 17.10.2012.

The biggest organization in Turkish publication sector with a total of 562 affiliated members, TBYM was established to protect the mutual interests of copyright holders and relevant right owners in accordance with Law No. 5846 on Intellectual and Artistic Works, administer and follow-up legally recognized rights, collect revenues and distribute the revenues to right owners and it is active in cultural, educational and academic publications sector in accordance with relevant Laws and By-Laws. TBYM is a member of IFRRO since 2013. Our Association is also one of the founding members of YAYFED.

Total number of Board Members
How are Board Members elected
General Assembly
Total number of Author Representatives
Total number of Publisher Representatives
Total Number of Member Associations
Total Publishers' Associations
Total Creators' (authors and visual artists) Associations
Total Rights holders represented
Remarks about the members
All members are rights holding publishers. TBYM as a collective management organisation represents publishers of literary, scientific, cultural, educational and academic publications sector. Members of TBYM are book publishers.
1 January to 31 December
Type of National legislation
Civil Law
Other Law
Law on Intellectual and Artistic Works (LIAW), (Copyright Act), Berne Convention (ratified), Rome Convention (ratified), TRIPS (ratified), WIPO Marrakesh Treaty (signed), WIPO Copyright Treaty (ratified), WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty (ratified)
Licensing system
Voluntary Licencing schemes, with potential back-up in Copyright Laws
Other licensing system
Equipment Levy
Mandating Rights Holders
OTHER LICENCES - Public Lending Rights
Are deductions for cultural and/or social purposes made?
New developments / legislation
Draft Amendments of Law on Intellectual and Artistic Works:
Public lending exception with remuneration to authors and publishers, primary and secondary school libraries exempt from payment
Reprography exception with remuneration to authors and publishers
Non-voluntary scheme through RROs for PLR & Reprography
Levies to be partially (37.5%) distributed to rightsholders through RROs, the state keeps collecting
New developments / licensing
7 CMOs (4 Publisher, 2 Author, 1 Translator) in the Science & Literature field have come together and signed a protocol of intent to establish their common will to cooperate in collective licensing (02.20.2019).
Other new areas of development
Cultural Activity: İstanbul Publishing Fellowship Program
TBYM is organizing the İstanbul Publishing Fellowship Program, which brings together many international publishers with a view to turning İstanbul into a copyrights market with the support of Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism. Over the past 6 years, the İstanbul Publishing Fellowship Program, which is organized to increase cooperation between Turkish and foreign publishers, and which was organized for the first time in 2016, enabled signing of more than 4.000 preliminary copyright agreements through more than 7.000 bilateral business meetings. Each year, the program attracted more participants than the previous year and achieved notable growth.

One of the novelties introduced in the 6th year of the organization was a “focus country”, whose publishing sector and literature formed the thematic focus of the event. The objective of the İstanbul Publishing Fellowship Focus Country component was to promote the publishing sector of the selected country to the world. The first focus country was Azerbaijan - Turkey’s neighbour and sister country.

The other impressive point of İstanbul Publishing Fellowship Program was İstanbul Copyright Awards. “İstanbul Copyright Awards” are designed for foreign publishing houses that contribute to translation of the unique intellectual, artistic, and cultural production of Turkish publishing sector and promotion of these works across the globe. The objective of the awards is to contribute to Turkish publishing sector’s development, cultural cooperation, and promotion by supporting copyright sales of Turkish titles, encouraging further copyright transactions, and rewarding the achievements.

Works on Combatting Copyright Infringements:
Creating and culturing of and raising awareness on copyrights
Effectively combatting copyright infringement
7/24 pirated book report line
Participating in book fairs and distributing of informative material on combatting infringement of copyrights
Organizing academic workshops, symposiums, scientific meetings
Special vignettes themed “Read Me, Not the Pirated Copy” were designed to be placed on the back cover of books.
The “Write off Piracy” campaign was implemented.
Number of Bilateral agreements type A
Bilateral agreements type A with
AAS, Azerbaijan
Other agreements with RROs
Our Association also has a reciprocity agreement with Arabic Publishers’ Association and is part of a special commission enabling direct contact with publisher Associations in 25 Arabic countries.
We have a Cooperation and Solidarity Protocol with African Publishers’ Association. Our Association is working towards ensuring cooperation among African and Turkish publishers.