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Greek Parliament passes new laws on copyright

The Greek Parliament has recently passed a package of new laws relating to copyright. Included in this package is a new law to implement the EU Collective Rights Management Directive regulating collecting societies. Provisions to implement a Greek Public Lending Right (PLR) system was also approved and so the EU Rental and Lending Directive is finally being implemented and the …

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The Writers Union of Canada demands Canada Government responds to negative impact of 2012 Copyright Act

Outlining the failings of Canada’s 2012 Copyright Act,  John Degen, Executive Director of the Writers’ Union of Canada, has raised concerns held by the cultural sector which the Canadian Government should take note of in its review of copyright policy. This is a warning not only to the Canadian Government, but to the world about the impact bad policy can …

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European Parliament committees show support for unwaivable right to fair remuneration for audiovisual authors

Earlier today two of the European Parliament committees, Culture and Education (CULT) and Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) voted for authors to have an unwaivable right to fair remuneration. This is important to fully support other measures that the EU Copyright Directive is aiming to introduce, which will give authors an effective system by which they may claim remuneration when …

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Society of Audiovisual Authors calls for the EU to support authors in the Copyright Directive

The Society of Audiovisual Authors (SAA) has called for legislators to acknowledge the real life pressures that authors face with rights’ transfer contracts and the injustice this does to creators. While critics have suggested that contractual freedom is enjoyed by authors the SAA states that the current reality of the creative industries is that most screenwriters and directors have very …

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