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EU will examine Google Books project

3 June, 2009
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Deutsch: EU wird Googles Buchprojekt prüfen

Macedonian: ЕУ ќе го преиспита проектот Google Books

The German delegation submitted at the European Council meeting held in Brussels on 28 and 29 May 2009, an information note asking EU to take action against Google's online library project, Google Books, a project targeting the scanning of entire book collections of major libraries.

"This move has an impact on cultural and media policy that we need to put on a European level," said Culture Minister Bernd Neumann.

There is already a dispute between Google and US authors and publ

French Government hurries to put HADOPI law into application

3 June, 2009
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Deutsch: Französische Regierung drängt auf Umsetzung des HADOPI-Gesetzes


No sooner has the three strikes law been adopted that the French government issued CCAPs (special administrative specifications) and CCTPs (special technical specifications) which were sent by the Ministry of Culture to the candidate enterprises to put into function the information system of HADOPI.

The call for tenders was sent since the beginning of the year even before the Hadopi law was adopted, the notification date having been set for 5 June 2009 with a deadline on 1 July 2009 for a first prototype of the graduate response system.

Extended copyright term for sound recordings pushed back

8 April, 2009
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Deutsch: Verlängerte Urheberrechtsfrist für Tonaufnahmen abgelehnt


The proposal for the extension of the copyright terms for sound recordings was rejected on 27 March 2009 by COREPER, which has the task to negotiate a consensus before the EU Council of Ministers takes votes.

To the great disappointment of the recording industry, COREPER rejected the extension of the copyright term as there was no consensus of the Member States on the matter.

UK Government now in favour of the extension of the copyright term

17 December, 2008
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At UK Music's Creators' Conference on 1 December 2008, Culture Minister Andy Burnham announced the backing of the UK Government to extending the copyright term for sound recordings to 70 years.

The decision goes against the recommendations of Andrew Gowers, whose 2006 review of copyright is in favour of keeping copyright at 50 years. It is however more in line with the proposals made in February 2008 by EC Internal Markets commissioner Charlie McCreevy to increase the term of protection to 95 years.

Presently, the revenues from a sound recording goes to the musicians who performed on the recording and to the owners of the recording.

Sweden on the verge of passing the local IPRED law

4 December, 2008
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The Sweden Government is to pass these days a controversial law that might give the entertainment industry some tools to track down those that illegally share copyrighted material on the Internet.

The law, which is based on the European Union's Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Directive (IPRED), has been under debate for more than a year and claims to be essential by the Swedish industry which complains that, presently, Sweden lacks the necessary legislation to support them: " Swedish laws are considered something of a joke and our politicians are viewed as arrogant for not taking this seriously.

New threats for UK file-sharers

16 July, 2008
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After the letters sent from Virgin Media to its customers on alleged file-sharing activities, British Telecom (BT), the UK's largest broadband provider, has started a similar activity.

The Register has received information from one of the BT subscribers that has received such a letter from the Customer Security Team stating: ""I have received a complaint regarding one of our customers offering copyrighted material over the internet. On investigation, I have found that your account was used to make this offer."

The letter contained evidence put forward by BPI, that was shared by BT with its customer and consisted, in this case, of the P2P programme Ares user agent, a time stamp, a file name and an IP address. The letter provided

Finish CSS decision overturned

4 June, 2008
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The Helsinki Court of Appeal overturned the initial decision taken by the Helsinki District Court ruling that Content Scrambling System (CSS) used in DVD movies is "ineffective".

The decision of the Court of Appeal was taken a year after the first ruling concluded that "CSS protection can no longer be held 'effective' as defined in law."

The defendant's counsel Mikko Välimäki explains on his blog that the Appeal Court said that circumventing an access control would have been lawful. But the court considered that the defendants circumvented a full copy protection system (CSS), not just an access control, which is actually wrong.

Also Välimäki points out that the court considered that "it is ok to

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