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Possible solutions for remunerating content creators in the digital era

16 June, 2010
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Deutsch: Urheberrecht im digitalen Zeitalter


On 8 June 2010, Green Party Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) hosted the conference Financing Culture in the Digital Era on how to balance easy public access to culture with guaranteed remuneration for content providers.

The purpose of the meeting was to try and find "mutually beneficial solutions" to ensure access to culture while ensuring a decent living to the creators of online content at the same time.

ECJ Advocate General: Limitations to the levy on private copies

19 May, 2010
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Deutsch: EuGH: Generalanwältin will Beschränkungen bei Abgaben auf Privatkopi...


Verica Trstenjak, Advocate General at the EU Court of Justice, believes the levy on private copies imposed on digital equipment, devices and media should be limited to cases "where it may be presumed that they are to be used for private copying".

The European Directive on copyright and related rights in the information society gives reproduction rights for audio, visual and audio-visual material to authors, performers and producers, but lets the Member States allow private copying, provided there is a 'fair compensation' for rightholders.

Spain has decided to allow the reproduction for private

German court decides Google's image search does not infringe copyright

5 May, 2010
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Deutsch: Google Image Suche verletzt laut BGH keine Urheberrechte


On 29 April 2010, the German Federal Supreme Court ruled that Google's image search did not infringe copyright.

The ruling comes in a case filed by an artist because, at the introduction of her name, Google's search engine was displaying thumbnail images of her pictures taken from her own site.

Google's search engine has a function allowing the searching of images posted by third parties on the Internet. The images found are displayed as scaled down preview pictures (thumbnails) which have a smaller pixel size than the original images.

EDRi and partners launch Copyright for Creativity declaration

5 May, 2010
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Deutsch: EDRi und Partner veröffentlichen „Copyright for Creativity“-Dekla...


EDRi, as part of a broad based coalition of European groups, representing consumers, creators, libraries, civil society and technology companies today released Copyright for Creativity, a declaration calling for a European copyright law truly adapted to the Internet age.

EDRi and partners launch copyright declaration

5 May, 2010
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EDRi, as part of a broad based coalition of European groups, representing consumers, creators, libraries, civil society and technology companies today released Copyright for Creativity, a declaration calling for a European copyright law truly adapted to the Internet age. Copyright for Creativity calls for a copyright regime fostering digital creativity, innovation, education, and access to cultural works — and therefore ultimately European competitiveness in a digital world.

Copyright is based on both protection of creative works and exceptions to that protection, which allow for businesses and creators to innovate, make creative reuses of content, and to build on the work of others.

Italian minister in favour of file-sharing

21 April, 2010
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Deutsch: Italienischer Minister als File-Sharer


The Italian Minister of Internal Affairs Roberto Maroni has recently expressed his disapproval of three-striles solutions for file-sharers and admitted he was one of the people that downloaded music from the Internet, free of charge. He had already made a similar statement in 2006.

Maroni, a musician himself, confesed to Panorama magazine that he was doing this as "a provocation, because I believe that the solution is not the French one to cut the Internet connection of those illegally downloading music.

(D') Evolution Summit 2010 and the Granada Declaration

21 April, 2010
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Deutsch: (D') Evolution Summit 2010 und die Granada Deklaration


On 31 March 2010, on the eve of the Easter break, the summit of the Ministers of Culture from the 27 European Union countries, and their meeting with the Forum of Cultural Industries, came to an end in Barcelona.

Dutch copyright working group strikes deep packet inspection

21 April, 2010
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Deutsch: Niederländische ARGE Urheberrecht lässt Deep Packet Inspection falle...


Last year, a Dutch parliamentary working group on copyright published a heavily contested report on the future of copyright. It advised rendering the downloading of copyrighted content without the permission of the copyright holder illegal.

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