Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 15, No. 115.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
Date: Wed, 27 Jun 2001 07:54:24 +0100
From: NINCH-ANNOUNCE <email@example.com>
Subject: European Directive on Harmonization of Copyright
News on Networking Cultural Heritage Resources
from across the Community
June 26, 2001
European Directive on Harmonization of Copyright
Here is an announcement of surely an important Directive of the European
Parliament and the Council of the European Union on Copyright
Harmonization. I trust we will be hearing some commentary on this in the
next few months and any implications for U.S. deliberations.
I will hazard a few comments on my own on this 9-page document.
Key elements appear to be:
* the recognition of the need for harmonization of European law for the
smooth operation of the European "internal market"
* a recognition of the importance of strong copyright enforcement, enabled
by "technological measures," yet also strongly recognizing the key
importance of exceptions and limitations (see Article 5)
* a strong statement on culture -- see item 14 in the Preamble:
"This directive should seek to promote learning and culture by protecting
works and other subject-matter while permitting exceptions or limitations
in the public interest for the purpose of education and teaching"
-- also the statement that "Article 151 of the Treaty requires the
Community to take cultural aspects into account in its action"
* concern over safeguarding "a fair balance of rights and interests between
the different categories of rightholders, as well as between the different
categories of rightholders and users of protected subject-matter" (Item 31
* Under "technological measures" used to protect copyrighted material,
there is an interesting statement that it is a responsibility of
rightholders who implement technological measures that they "make available
to the beneficiary of an exception or limitation provided for in national
law...the means of benefiting from that exception or limitation to the
extent necessary to benefit from that exception or limitation..." Article 6.
I leave it to others to further comment on the implications for US and
global thinking on these matters.
>From: Carmen Morlon <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>To: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org,
>Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2001 11:44:32 +0200
*********************Apologies for cross-posting*************************
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 was
published on the Official Journal on 22 June 2001 (OJ No 2001/L
167/010 p. 10), available at: http://europa.eu.int/eur-lex/
Carmen Morlon, EU Information Officer
PO Box 43300
2504 AH The Hague
Tel: +31 70 3090608
Fax: +31 70 3090708
Lobbying for Libraries
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