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European Orphan Works Directive: what's in it?

Oct 15. 2012
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ByCEPICThe European Directive on Orphan Works has finally been adopted. The directive is the result of six years of consultations between rights holders: Is it a success?

The legislator has chosen to go the way of a limited exception to the benefits of national libraries and cultural institutions. The text is a compromise text so that, as could be expected, not all stakeholders have reached their preferred solution.

  • Collecting societies lobbied to have libraries license to them (and pay) for the use of aknowledged "orphan works".

Orphan works legislation provides for a period of five years allowing for the payment of a fair compensation to returning rights holders.

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Arrow Plus: Don't kill the parents!

Sep 26. 2012
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There is a joke circulating amongst librarians about orphan works which say that "the best way to have orphans is to kill the parents".

The purpose of the EU funded project ARROW is to save these parents! The project is approaching to its end with the Feasibility Study on the integration of visual material due on 30 September.

During this project, CEPIC has worked on issues such as:
- Unique common identifier for images
- Use of visual technologies for national libraries
- Orphan works and image identification

A number of reports have been produced:
- Orphan Works Survey in Historical Archives (Sylvie Fodor/ Angela Murphy)
- Review of Existing Unique Persistent Identifiers (Angela Murphy)

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Google Ranks Down Copyright Infringers

Aug 11. 2012
12:08
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Google and Copyright Infringement [From Blog]

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UK Government Report Backs Linked Content Coalition

Aug 08. 2012
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An independent review conducted for the UK Government on copyright is published today that fully supports the Linked Content Coalition and urges the UK and other countries to get engaged and support it.

The main recommendation of the report that follows on from the Hargreaves Report (the 2011 Government review that called for an overhaul of copyright laws) is the creation of a not-for-profit, industry- led Copyright Hub based in the UK. This would provide a link to the growing national and international network of private and public sector digital copyright exchanges, rights registries and other copyright-related databases, in an interoperable way.

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Hooper report: Industry should lead on new 'copyright hub'

Aug 08. 2012
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The creative industries need to play a key role in leading and funding the Copyright Hub, a marketplace for rights to streamline copyright licensing and make transactions easier for creators, rights holders and users, according to an independent report published by Richard Hooper.

The report, ‘Copyright works PDF document’, was Richard Hooper’s final report on the feasibility of developing a Digital Copyright Exchange. The report’s two key recommendations are for the creation of a not-for-profit industry-led, industry-funded Copyright Hub, and the establishment of a steering group to drive forward and oversee the design and implementation of the Hub.

The Copyright Hub will have five main purposes, to:

  • act as a signpost and be a navigation mechanism to the complex world of copyright
  • be the place to go for copyright education

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Digital Copyright Exchange feasibility study

Aug 07. 2012
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This is the final report for the Feasibility Study into the Digital Copyright Exchange (DCE).

Copyright works: streamlining copyright for the digital age identifies the good work already underway to address the seven issues highlighted in the Phase 1 diagnostic report Rights and Wrong: is copyright licensing fit for purpose for the digital age.

But the report says there is no room for complacency and work remains to be done. Streamlining copyright licensing for the digital age will remain a constant requirement of the creative and cultural industries in the UK. Like innovation or modernisation, it never has an end point.

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Copyright Works!

Aug 06. 2012
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Source: Sarah Saunders

BySarah SaundersAfter what must have been a very intense 8 months, 'Copyright Works - Streamlining Copyright for the Digital Age' by Richard Hooper and Ros Lynch has been published (I will call it the Hooper report).

Commissioned by the government, this independent report is ambitious in scope, bringing into one document the thoughts and experience of a variety of creative industry sectors, all with their own particular drum to bang.

About images and the words that go with them

The main points relating to the picture industry will be listed at the end, and if you are acquainted with all the various strands of thought which have informed the report, go straight there. Here's the background for everyone else....

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CEPIC Response to Google Agreement with French Publishers

Jun 20. 2012
08:06
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The framework agreement was announced on Monday between the Syndicat National de l’Edition (National Syndicate of Publishers), the Société des Gens de Lettres (SGDL) and Google, constituting a hard fought victory for the whole of the online book market ...

...and a first step towards the recognition of the need for the protection of cultural and artistic heritage.

After six years of dispute with Google, a framework agreement has been established, aiming to regulate and indexation of works unavailable for sale in paper versions (out of commerce books) and still under copyright. From now on, Google will only be able to digitize and exploit works with the agreement of the French publishers concerned.

This initiative constitutes a step forward in the spread of the e-book and the diversity of creation, as well as the respect of copyright.

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Picture Providers Reject Free Online Culture – A BVPA Statement

Jun 14. 2012
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ByBVPAAgainst the background of the World Intellectual Property Day (27th April 2012), the German Association of Picture Agencies (BVPA) has published a position paper which aims at providing a statement on the current discussion on copyright from the perspective of picture suppliers.

The discussion raises the suspicion that some young net politicians from all parties by aiming at gaining electors at the costs of creatives. A critical reflection of net political claims is necessary to protect the interests of copyright holders.

Five Points of the BVPA Statement

  1. The copyright law is acknowledged as a basic law according to Art. 14 and Art. 1, 2 of the German Constitution and as a human right according to Art. 27 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It is a significant law for the information society.

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Proposal to Reform Data Protection Rules

Mar 28. 2012
06:03
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Commission proposes a comprehensive reform of data protection rules to increase users' control of their data and to cut costs for businesses

Brussels, 25 January 2012 – The European Commission has today proposed a comprehensive reform of the EU's 1995 data protection rules to strengthen online privacy rights and boost Europe's digital economy. Technological progress and globalisation have profoundly changed the way our data is collected, accessed and used. In addition, the 27 EU Member States have implemented the 1995 rules differently, resulting in divergences in enforcement. A single law will do away with the current fragmentation and costly administrative burdens, leading to savings for businesses of around €2.3 billion a year.

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