The InfoSoc Directive Ten Years After On May 22 of this year Directive /29 /EC was exactly 10 years old – a birthday largely gone. Directive /29/CE du Parlement européen et du Conseil du 22 of 8 June on certain legal aspects of information society services. Home > Copyright > InfoSoc Directive > Article 2 – Reproduction right. Member States shall provide for the exclusive right to authorise or prohibit direct or indirect .

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This Directive is without prejudice to provisions relating to liability in that Directive. The provisions of this Directive should be without prejudice to the provisions of those Directives, unless directivf provided in this Directive.

The main aim of the Directive, as stated in its recital no. A broad definition of these acts is needed to ensure legal certainty within the internal market. Copyright and related rights play an important role in this context as they protect and stimulate the development and marketing of new products and services and the creation and exploitation of their creative content.

The first sale in the Community of the original of a work or copies thereof by the rightholder or with his consent exhausts the right to control resale of that object in the Community.

Unlike CD-ROM or CD-I, where the intellectual property is incorporated in a material medium, namely an item of goods, every on-line service is in fact an act which should be subject to authorisation where the copyright or related right so provides. Member States may provide for exceptions or limitations to the rights provided for in Articles 2 and 3 in the following cases:.

Notwithstanding the legal protection provided for in paragraph 1, in the absence of voluntary measures taken by rightholders, including agreements between rightholders and other parties concerned, Member States shall take appropriate measures to ensure that rightholders make available to the beneficiary of an exception or limitation provided for in national law in accordance with Article 5 2 a2 c2 d2 e3 a3 b or 3 e the means of benefiting from that exception or limitation, to the extent necessary to benefit from that exception or limitation and where that beneficiary has legal access to the protected work or subject-matter concerned.

Article 5 3 allows Member States to establish copyright exceptions to the Article 2 reproduction right and the Article 3 right of communication to the public in cases of:. Substance or device – a distinction without a difference? This development will and should further increase. The rights referred to in paragraphs 1 and 2 shall not be exhausted by any act of communication to the public or making available to the public as set out in this Article.


Now that the Directive is infosof into its unfosoc decade, the time is ripe to once again evaluate its success and contemplate its future. Milan Court of First Instance rejects application Article 14 Entry into force This Directive shall enter into force on the day of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Communities. The level of fair compensation should take full account of the degree of use of technological protection measures referred to in this Directive.

This right should cover any such transmission or retransmission of a work to the public by wire or wireless means, including broadcasting. The provisions of the first and second subparagraphs shall not apply to works or other subject-matter made available to the public on agreed contractual terms in such a way that members of the public may access them from a place and at a time individually chosen by them.

The organisational structure and the means of funding of the establishment concerned are not the decisive factors in this respect.

Rightholders should be encouraged to use markings indicating, in addition to the information referred to above, inter alia their authorisation when putting works or other subject-matter on networks. However, a face value interpretation does not appear correct: If, within a reasonable period of time, no such voluntary measures to make reproduction for private use possible have been taken, Member States may take measures to enable beneficiaries of the exception or limitation concerned to benefit from it.

Again, the essential question in the present case is the extent to which Article 8 3 of the Directive has effected such a change.

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Member States shall facilitate, where appropriate, the cooperation between the information society service providers and rightholders through stakeholder dialogues to define best practices, diretcive as appropriate and proportionate cirective recognition technologies, taking into account, among others, the nature of onfosoc services, the availability of the technologies and their effectiveness in light of technological developments.

Member States shall provide for the exclusive right to authorise or prohibit the making available to the public, by wire or wireless means, in such a way that members of the public may access them from directivr place and at a time individually chosen by them:. Member States shall provide adequate legal protection against the manufacture, import, distribution, sale, rental, advertisement for sale or rental, or possession for commercial purposes of devices, products or components or the provision of services which:.

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This Directive shall apply without prejudice infooc any acts concluded and rights acquired before 22 December The sanctions thus provided for shall be effective, proportionate and dissuasive. Article 5 Exceptions and limitations 1. The organisational structure and the means of funding of the establishment concerned are not the decisive factors in this respect.

Double V-ictory for Louis Vuitton. This kind of technology does not exist. However, in order to prevent abuse of such measures taken by rightholders, including within the framework of agreements, or taken by a Member State, any technological measures applied in implementation of such measures should enjoy legal protection.

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If the owners cannot agree, it is impossible to expect the open platforms that host this content to make the correct rights decisions. It would be highly desirable to encourage the development of global systems. The investment required to produce products such as phonograms, films or multimedia products, and services such as “on-demand” services, is considerable.

All in all, given the different approaches adopted across the EU, more than the substantive value of Article 8 infoskc of the InfoSoc Directive, in practice what can be seen is – in line with Hogan J – that the infoosc of Article 8 3 has left a good deal to be desired This Directive shall apply without prejudice to any acts concluded and rights acquired before 22 December The First Empirical Assessment” available at http: The distribution right shall not be exhausted within the Community in respect of the original or copies of the work, except where the first sale or inflsoc transfer of ownership in the Community of that object is made by the rightholder or with his consent.

Such moral rights remain outside the scope of this Directive. Not just any old IPKat Article 13 Implementation 1. The other limitations are optional, with Member States choosing which they give effect to in national laws. unfosoc