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Media and telecom companies oppose CISAC proposal

18 July, 2007

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On 10 July 2007, the EU Commission received a letter from a large group including some of Europe's biggest media groups and telecom companies urging for the rejection of an offer made by EU national royalty-collecting societies to settle an anti-trust case.

The Commission started examining a model contract for public performance rights between the collecting societies members of CISAC (the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers) as a result of a complaint made in 2003 by digital music distribution platform Music Choice Europe.

The complaint concerned the fact that the authors were obliged to transfer their rights only to their own national collecting society and that the

Recommended Action

9 May, 2007

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Public consultation on the Regulation regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents (Regulation 1049/2001).

For Dutch readers - Petition for more flexible contracts for members of the rights collecting society which allow them to choose the conditions under which to release their own music and use CC licenses.

Copyright clearing for EU digital libraries project

25 April, 2007

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On 18 April 2007, a copyright handling model for digitalised works was agreed by EU High Level Expert Group on Digital Libraries including major stakeholders such as the Federation of European Publishers, the British Library, the German national library and Google.

The High Level Expert Group, founded in 2006 by Viviane Reding, the Commissioner for Information Society and Media, advises the Commission on issues regarding digitisation, online accessibility and digital preservation of cultural material. This action is part of the European Digital Library initiative adopted by the European Commission in June 2005 in order to preserve European cultural and scientific heritage making them available

Belgium court backs decision against Google

14 February, 2007

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In the case brought by Copiepresse, a trade group representing 17 Belgium newspapers, against Google for publishing links to newspaper articles without permission, the Brussels Tribunal upheld its previous decision and ruled that Google violated the copyright law.

Google was ordered to remove Belgian newspaper content from its search engine results. The search engine is no longer allowed to refer to articles, pictures or drawings of Copiepress members without previous agreements that are to be negociated, non-compliance being fined by 25 000 Euros per day.

The ruling also says that any other copyright holder could get in touch with Google and notify its copyright infringement. In this case Google has

IPRED Directive Implementation in Italy

5 July, 2006

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By Legislative Decree no.140 of 16 March 2006, with more than one month before the deadline, Italy implemented Directive 2004/48/EC on the enforcement of intellectual property rights (IPRED) by amending law no.633/1941, which has already been the subject of so many modifications since its inception that several parties are calling for its complete re-drafting.

The most notable modifications to the Italian copyright law include the presumption of ownership of the neighbouring rights, as it was already the case for author's rights; the possibility for collective and "representative" organizations to independently promote judicial actions in order to defend their members' rights; the possibility to ask judges to

Google's victory in court against German publisher

5 July, 2006

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Google has just obtained a significant victory against the German publisher Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft (WBG), having asked an injunction in a German court to stop the giant from scanning books in its Books Library project.

WBG dropped their case on 28 June after the judge told them they had poor chances in winning. Although backed by the German publishers associations, the publisher failed to bring arguments in support of its action and the court ruled that there was no copyright violation resulting from the development of Google's project.

Google has undertaken to digitize library books and place the contents on its search engine working within this process with six US libraries and one

Private copy system under scrutiny

7 June, 2006

The issue of the private copy remuneration system is becoming a subject of debate for interest groups from all over the world. L'AEPO-ARTIS grouping 27 associations of artists of Europe, the International Federation of Musicians and the International Federation of Actors took a stand in the support of the present private copy levy system.

According to the artists associations, the present private copy system "significantly supports the cultural domain" as "a flexible system combining freedom for consumers and legitimate revenues for the copyright owners" being "vital for interpreters in the exploitation of their interpretation". Replacing the fees on private copy, which brought income to the artists, with DRM, which allows copying only within a system approved by its producer, is profitable only for the industry selling DRM systems and not to

Content flatrate is feasible according to French study

7 June, 2006

Nothing in the national law and international obligations prevents states from permitting file-sharing as long as they subject it to a levy. This is the conclusion of a legal feasibility study under the supervision of Prof. André Lucas, the most renowned copyright scholar in France.

The study on the feasibility of compensation for peer-to-peer file-sharing, first released in French in June 2005, has been translated into English for wider accessibility. The translation has been conducted at the initiative of the German advocacy group with the support of BEUC, the European Consumers's Organisation, and Stiftung Bridge.

The analysis concludes that downloading is covered by the private copying exception, provided that the existing system of remuneration is adapted.

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