Copyright in the Information society
The Commission adopted a Green Paper on copyright in the knowledge economy.
“The Green Paper focuses on the role of copyright in fostering dissemination of knowledge for research, science and education. The Green Paper is intended as the starting point for a structured debate on the long-term future of copyright policy in these fields. Copyright policy has increasingly emerged as a transversal issue, involving not only the internal market and cultural policies but also information society, competition and consumer interests. The Green Paper is an attempt to organise this debate and point to future challenges in fields that have not been a focal point up to now, e.g. scientific and scholarly publishing, and the role of libraries, researchers and the persons with a disability.”
“The objectives of the Directive on the harmonisation of certain aspects of copyright and related rights in the information society (2001/29/EC) are to adapt legislation on copyright and related rights to reflect technological developments and to transpose into Community law the main international obligations arising from the two treaties on copyright and related rights adopted within the framework of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) in December 1996. It is an essential building block for the Information Society. The final text is a result of over three years of thorough discussion and an example of co-decision making where the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission have all had a decisive input.”
Directive 2001/29/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 May 2001 on the harmonisation of certain aspects of copyright and related rights in the information society.
Directive 2001/29/EC En (PDF)
Directive 2001/29/EC Fr (PDF)
Copyright and Neighbouring Rights
Directive 2006/115/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 12 December 2006 on rental right and lending right and on certain rights related to copyright in the field of intellectual property (codified version)
“The European Commission published a report on the implementation of the Directive on the Rental and Lending Right and Certain Related Rights (92/100/EEC) in September 2002. The report assessed the implementation of the Public Lending Right provisions under the Directive and reiterates the Commission's commitment to ensuring that the Public Lending Right is effective in all Member States and to monitoring the way increasing use of new technologies is affecting the application of the Public Lending Right. The Directive requires that the authors of books, films and any other copyright works and (at Member States' discretion) other right holders, either have the right to authorise or refuse lending of their works by institutions such as public libraries, or that they be remunerated for such public lending.”
Report En (PDF)
Rapport Fr (PDF)