IRIS Plus - Exceptions and limitations to copyright

A new report on the state of play of copyright law in Europe

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Pages : 73
Place : Strasbourg
Date of publication : May 2017
Editor : European Audiovisual Observatory

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Last September, Andrus Ansip, Vice-President for the Digital Single Market, talked about “transforming Europe's copyright rules in light of a new digital reality.” He outlined the multiple challenges concerning digital content thus: “Europe's creative content should not be locked-up, but it should also be highly protected, in particular to improve the remuneration possibilities for our creators”. The European Commission presented its new Copyright Package in September 2016 and the texts are currently being examined by the European Parliament and Council of Ministers.

To guide us through this complex process, the European Audiovisual Observatory, part of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, has published its latest IRIS Plus report: Exceptions and limitations to copyright.

This is a truly invaluable roadmap through the often complex landscape of exceptions and limitations to copyright in Europe.

This IRIS Plus aims at providing a general overview of the rationale and the evolution of the exceptions and limitations to copyright (chapter 1) in the numerous international treaties and European directives devoted to this topic (chapter 2), and in the consequent ratifications and implementations at national level (chapter 3). Particular attention is given to the challenges deriving from the digital revolution, such as the adaptations of the rules concerning temporary acts of reproduction, private copying and exceptions for cultural heritage institutions to the online context.

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