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Learn more about the basics of copyright and your rights as an author.



This guide will help you decide if a work is copyrighted and how you can use it for your research and course.

What is Copyright?

Copyright law provides the creator of a work the right to

  • Reproduce the work
  • Distribute the work
  • Prepare derivative works
  • Perform the work
  • Display the work

What is Protected?

  • Literary works (book, articles)
  • Computer Programs
  • Artistic work (paintings, cartoons, art)
  • Music and sound recordings
  • Cinema (tv, film)

Kazakhstan and Copyright Law

The Kazakhstani Copyright Law (Eng, Rus, Kaz) applies to all works created and used in the territory of Kazakhstan.

Unlike other countries such as U.S and Canada, there are no fair use or educational use provisions that allow whole works to be reproduced (digitized) for educational purposes or make accessible versions such as large print or braille. Only one copy "of isolated articles or succinct works" can be made for education or research. 

Works you created while in the employment of a Kazakh company still belong to you unless specified in a contract. For information on NU visit to find the NU Intellectual Property Policy.

Copyrighted works become public domain after 70 years.   

All laws related to intellectual property and copyright are listed on the WIPO website or visit for information on how to register your copyright as well as the National Institute of Intellectual Property.


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