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The first EU-wide interactive website dedicated to young people and IP is launched

Ideas Powered, an initiative of the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM), has launched its website on www.ideaspowered.eu, the first EU-wide interactive website on intellectual property for young people.

With animated and clear outlook and attractive visuals, the website aims to create primary awareness on IP and IP counterfeiting issues for youngsters by providing them accurate information and by seeking young Europeans' active contribution with social media channels, blogs and even with competitions.

To access the press release of the OHIM on this news, please click here.

Protecting Intellectual Property in "The Cloud"

Fast evolving technologies and needs for better cooperation and communication make use of “the cloud” often than ever. However, from the IP point of view the cloud brings many risks as well as it creates a potential silver lining in terms of data security. WIPO Magazine’s interesting article on how the cloud can strengthen IP protection reveals a new IP safeguard key for today’s new IP world.

You can find the article here.

WIPO report on the copyright exceptions and limitations for libraries and archives

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) commissioned a report on the copyright exceptions and limitations for libraries and archives. This report provides an update and expansion of a study performed in 2008 on this same subject.

This report offers:

  •  an analysis of the copyright laws from all but one of the WIPO member countries;
  •  the identification of the countries that have revised their relevant statutes since 2008.

To read the report, please click here.

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MEPs to discuss the future of copyright in Europe

Copyright laws need to keep up with technological developments in order for the online single market to deliver new services and easy access to content as well as to create new growth opportunities. The legal affairs and culture committees have discussed the future development of copyright, further to the new Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker announcement that within the first six months of his mandate, he will take steps to modernise copyright rules “in the light of the digital revolution and changed consumer behaviour”.

For more information, please click here.

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OHIM launches the Orphan Works Database

Last week  a new database for "orphan works" was launched by the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM).

Orphan works are all those works such as books, films, newspaper articles and other creative material that are protected by copyright, but whose owner cannot be found.

The lack of information on the author has often been an obstacle to the digitisation and dissemination of these works. To solve this problem, the EU Directive on Orphan Works  set out common rules for the digitisation and online display of orphan works. Under the Directive, such works which have been identified as orphan after a diligent search on their authorship may be used by public institutions.

All orphan works must be included in an EU-wide database, which OHIM now makes accessible on its website:  the Orphan Works Database.

For further information, please click here.

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Collecting Societies Handbook (2014)

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in collaboration with Baker & McKenzie has published the Collecting Societies Handbook (2014), an online guide to collective licensing around the world.

In this online guide you can find information on:

  • “Courts and other specialized bodies relevant to copyright licensing and dispute resolution;
  • Rights covered by key audio- and audio-visual collecting societies or collective management organizations (CMOs) and the types of licenses they offer;
  • License rates, where available; and
  • Contact details of CMOs and, in select jurisdictions, legal practitioners in the field of copyright.”

To read the online guide, please click here.

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EC publishes the report on the responses to Public Consultation on the review of the EU copyright rules

The European Commission (EC) has published the report on the responses to Public Consultation on the review of the EU copyright rules.

The public consultation has generated broad interest with more than 9500 replies to the consultation document and a total of more than 11000 messages, including questions and comments, sent to the Commission’s dedicated email address. Replies were received from a wide range of stakeholders including users, consumers, right holders, industry, collective management organisations and governments.

The report is available here; for more information, please click here.

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Taking steps to the protection of databases

This new case study published by the European IPR Helpdesk addresses database protection in the EU Seventh Framework Programme by pointing out the difference between the protection of database content and structure, which may benefit from copyright and/or database sui generis protection.

Have a look at this interesting case!

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New report: Assessing the economic impacts of adapting certain limitations and exceptions to copyright and related rights in the EU

A new report entitled “Assessing the economic impacts of adapting certain limitations and exceptions to copyright and related rights in the EU” has just been published. This report is part of a study, commissioned by the European Commission, that “aims at assessing determined changes in European copyright law, with a focus on exceptions and limitations to copyright, as a response to technological advances”.

This document focuses in particular on:

  • Digital preservation by cultural heritage and educational institutions;
  • The provision of remote access by cultural heritage and educational institutions to their collections for the benefit of their patrons;
  • E-lending by publicly accessible libraries;
  • Text and data mining for the purpose of scientific research;
  • Reproductions made by natural persons for private uses.

To read this report, please click here.

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New UK copyright exceptions entered into force

The UK government is making a series of small but important changes to make it better suited for the digital age. These changes will affect how content like books, music, films and photographs can be used. They will also introduce greater freedoms in copyright law to allow third parties to use copyright works for a variety of economically and/or socially valuable purposes without the need to seek permission from copyright owners. Protections for the interests of copyright owners and creators are built in to the proposed changes.

The Public Administration, Disability, and Research, Education, Libraries & Archives statutory instruments have now been approved by parliament and come into force on 1 June 2014. The personal copies for private use and quotation & parody statutory instruments are still under discussion and will be implemented as soon as the parliamentary cycle is terminated.

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