Directive 2001/29/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 May 2001 on the harmonisation of certain aspects of copyright and related rights in the information society

Often referred to as the Copyright Directive or Information Society Directive, this Directive addresses the legal protection of copyright and related rights in the information society in order to adapt legislation to reflect technological developments and to transpose the main international obligations arising from the WIPO Copyright Treaty into Community law. It makes provisions for right of reproduction, right of distribution, right of communication of works to the public and the right of making available to the public other subject-matter, exceptions and limitations, as well as provides particular legal terms for technological measures and rights-management information.

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Document type: EU IP Law
Categories: Copyrights and related rights
Making body: European Parliament,Council of the European Union
Law Type: Directive
Effective Start Date: 22 Jun 2001
Access available: Freely available
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