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EU Copyright Directive
The 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, commonly known as the EU Copyright Directive or short EUCD, is the European Union's implementation of the 1996 WIPO Copyright Treaty.
This highly controversial Directive is, to date, the most heavily lobbied measure to pass the European Parliament. In its final form, it includes only very narrow exceptions to anti-circumvention measures and exclusive rights. As a result, it is generally regarded as a victory for copyright-owning interests (publishing, film, music and major software companies) over copyright users' interests (who, during the lobbying process, were primarily represented by librarians and not by consumer organizations).
Due to escalating public awareness of the importance of copyright legislation, the process of implementation has not been entirely predictable.
Countries which have implemented the Directive to date:
- Overview of the important articles
- Text of the EU Copyright Directive
- Text of the UK implementation
- EUCD Status Tracking - Implemenation in Member States
- Foundation for Information Policy Research(FIPR ): http://www.fipr.org/intellectual.html
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