DANISH COPYRIGHT ACT

The Danish Copyright Act (Consolidated Act on Copyright, 2006, Bekendtgørelse af lov om ophavsret, nr. 763 of 30 June 2006) specifies and defines the respective rights and obligations of the author, producer and user. The Danish Copyright Act identifies the respective rights and obligations of the author, producer, and user of a work. Under the Act, every originator of a literary or artistic work holds a copyright in that work, and it protects authors’ and performers’ economic and moral interests. Copyright exists from the moment a work is created and runs until 70 years after the death of the copyright holder. The existence of copyright does not depend on registration of the right. Violation of the provisions of Danish copyright laws may result in civil and criminal liability, including fines and imprisonment. This article provides an overview of the relevant provisions of the Danish Copyright Act.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What types of works are covered under the Danish Copyright Act?
Under what conditions a copyrighted work may be reproduced?
What are the penalties for violating the rights of performing artists, producers of sound recordings, photographic pictures, catalogues, broadcasters, etc. (Sections 65-71) under the Danish Copyright Act ?

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