Report: Copyright

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  Legal Protection: European Union

Within the EU's goal of establishing a European single market also intellectual property rights are of significance. Therefore the European Commission aims at the harmonization of the respective national laws of the EU member states and for a generally more effective protection of intellectual property on an international level. Over the years it has adopted a variety of Conventions and Directives concerned with different aspects of the protection of industrial property as well as copyright and neighboring rights.

An overview of EU activities relating to intellectual property protection is available on the website of the European Commission (DG Internal Market): http://www.europa.eu.int/comm/internal_market/en/intprop/intprop/index.htm

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    Intellectual Property and the "Information Society" Metaphor
-3   Legal Protection: Multilateral Agreements
-2   Legal Protection: WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization)
-1   Legal Protection: TRIPS (Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights)
0   Legal Protection: European Union
+1   The Copyright Industry
+2   The Piracy "Industry"
+3   Challenges for Copyright by ICT: Introduction
Recent "Digital Copyright" Legislation: European Union
Economic rights
The economic rights (besides moral rights and in some cases also neighboring rights) granted to the owners of copyright usually include 1) copying or reproducing a work, 2) performing a work in public, 3) making a sound recording of a work, 4) making a motion picture of a work, 5) broadcasting a work, 6) translating a work and 7) adapting a work. Under certain national laws some of these rights are not exclusive rights of authorization but in specific cases, merely rights to remuneration.