European Union Copyright Directive

EU copyright legislation has evolved during the past decade with the objective of harmonizing rules to insure uniform protection in the new technological environment. The EU has formulated an action plan and has notably adopted legislation on the legal protection of computer programs, databases, satellite broadcasting and cable television, and also rights related to the information society. In this respect, the European Commission has adopted the Directive 2001/29/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of May 22, 2001 on the Harmonization of Certain Aspects of Copyright and Related Rights in the Information Society of the EU Copyright Directive (the “EUCD.”)

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What is the scope of the EUCD?
What main rights are granted under the EUCD?
When is a reproduction acceptable under the EUCD?
What is the most controversial provision of the EUCD?

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