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From: Barry Mahon <mahons1@EIRCOM.NET>
Subject: EU Copyright Directive - latest
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The proposed Directive to 'harmonise' copyright legislation in the EU is
entering its latest and crucial phase in the European Parliament.

There are a lot of amendments proposed to the 'common position' text
reached by EU governments last year. Many are non controversial
amendments of clarification but there is one which would affect the
rights of libraries and researchers to make copies for private use - the
so called fair dealing provision. There is a proposal that this right be
limited to archive and conservation purposes only.

The following article summarises some of the problems:
http://news.findlaw.com/legalnews/s/20010123/europecopyright.html

The library community in Europe is mounting a vigorous campaign to
reverse the proposals.

There is a real risk that the whole Directive could be shelved if the
Parliament cannot reach agreement.

There will be a vote of the Legal Affairs committee of the Parliament
next Tuesday Feb. 6 which will be critical to further progress or not.

Bye, Barry


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