Celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Directive 2001/29/EC on copyright in the information society, this book sheds new light on an important European legal instrument at a crucial stage - not only in the life of the Directive, but indeed for copyright itself.
With a foreword by the `architect' of the Directive, Dr Joerg Reinbothe, the book contains two further stage-setting parts, first on the WIPO Treaties which formed the basis for the Copyright in the Information Society Directive, and then on the Directive itself. The challenges created for regional and national legislators are also explored and identified, as are the complex compromises and varying levels of discretion left to these lawmakers as they performed their legislative tasks. The local nuances and particularities of the implementation of the Directive in each Member State are examined in detail via 27 diverse and compelling narratives.
Combining academic research with practical features, and addressing copyright issues on international, European, and EU Member States levels, this highly illuminating work will strongly appeal to a wide ranging audience encompassing: academics, researchers and post-graduate law students in the area of international, European and comparative copyright law, in-house counsel legal practitioners, policymakers and government officials.
`. . . this book is a highly interesting reflection of the diversity of debates and solutions found in the national laws of Member States, especially regarding those provisions that leave a certain amount of discretion to Member States. . . [The] foreword along is worth reading, as is the entire book, by all those who want to take a deeper insight at the way the Directive has been implemented in all Member States.' -- Silke von Lewinski, Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice
Contents: Preface Foreword PART I: THE WIPO TREATIES Brigitte Lindner PART II: DIRECTIVE 2001/29/EC ON COPYRIGHT IN THE INFORMATION SOCIETY Ted Shapiro PART III: IMPLEMENTATION OF DIRECTIVE 2001/29/EC IN THE MEMBER STATES OF THE EUROPEAN UNION 1. Austria Florian Philapitsch 2. Belgium Benoit Michaux 3. Bulgaria Velizar Sokolov 4. Cyprus Achilleas Demetriades 5. Czech Republic Lucia Pressburgerova and Jaroslav Tajbr 6. Denmark Peter Schonning 7. Estonia Viive Naslund 8. Finland Kristiina Harenko 9. France Pascal Kamina 10. Germany Martin Schaefer 11. Greece Evangelia Vagena 12. Hungary Mihaly Ficsor 13. Ireland Linda Scales 14. Italy Stefania Ercolani 15. Latvia Janis Bordans and Ingrida Veiksa 16. Lithuania Gediminas Ramanauskas 17. Luxembourg Katia Manhaeve and Thierry Schiltz 18. Malta Brigitte Lindner and Ted Shapiro 19. The Netherlands Antoon A. Quaedvlieg 20. Poland Wojciech Z. Dziomdziora 21. Portugal Patricia Akester 22. Romania Maria Voican 23. Slovak Republic Slavomir Olsovsky 24. Slovenia Miha Trampuz 25. Spain Marta Garcia Leon 26. Sweden Peter Adamsson 27. United Kingdom Tanya Aplin Bibliography Index