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News for ICSTI Members May 15 2001

        1.. Europe begins to implement the new EU Directive (1)
As you know the recent Directive of the EU on copyright and related =
rights in the information society must be incorporated into national law =
of EU Member States over the next few years. At the time it was passed =
by the European Parliament there were fears that the number of clauses =
that left open options for Member States would mean that the legislative =
terrain in Europe would be inconsistent. Already questions are arising. =
A proposal to bring Danish law on private copying of music into line =
with other EU countries has run into some questions =96 mainly =
concerning Napster like copying. Danish Culture Minister Elsebeth =
Nielsen's request to let users make single copies of their own CDs for =
their own use, such as in the car or for playback on a Walkman-style =
device, has been criticised and legal opinions remain divided, but some =
experts say that the new law makes it legal to download a music file =
from the Web for personal consumption. Copy-Dan, the Danish "Joint =
Collecting Society" has proposed a compromise solution, a levy on all =
equipment, including MP3 audio players, sold in Denmark that can be used =
to digitally record or play back copyright

material. Such levies have been in place in other European countries for =
photocopying machines and blank tapes, for example, but the practise is =
not universal and is unlikely to be introduced as a new option, where =
the principle doesn=92t already exist.=20



2.Europe begins to implement the new EU Directive (2)

Meanwhile French Culture Minister Catherine Tasca has inaugurated a =
group, the CSPLA, to reflect on the issues raised by digitisation and to =
propose, amongst other things, how the new Directive might be =
implemented in French law. The group brings together authors, =
publishers, producers and distributors of digital content and consumer =
interests, as well as personalities with interests in the area, =
academics and lawyers and a journalist. Amongst the items on the =
group=92s agenda are how the extension of payment for private copying =
might be handled and whether there should be more centralisation of =
rights clearance. The Minister, taking account of fears expressed that =
new legislation could be too oriented towards the rights owners =
interests, specifically mentioned the role of the group in ensuring a =
balance between the different rights and interests. The President of the =
Group, Jean-Ludovic Silicani said that the group would require different =
actors, who up to now had negotiated separately, to enter a dialogue =
driven by the convergence brought about by digitalisation.=20

If your French permits it, you may read the Ministers speech at:

http://www.culture.fr/culture/actualites/conferen/tasca-2001/cspla.htm


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        <LI>Europe begins to implement the new EU Directive =
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<P>As you know the recent Directive of the EU on copyright and related =
rights in=20
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options=20
for Member States would mean that the legislative terrain in Europe =
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inconsistent. Already questions are arising. A proposal to bring Danish =
law on=20
private copying of music into line with other EU countries has run into =
some=20
questions &ndash; mainly concerning Napster like copying. Danish Culture =

Minister Elsebeth Nielsen's request to let users make single copies of =
their own=20
CDs for their own use, such as in the car or for playback on a =
Walkman-style=20
device, has been criticised and legal opinions remain divided, but some =
experts=20
say that the new law makes it legal to download a music file from the =
Web for=20
personal consumption. Copy-Dan, the Danish &quot;Joint Collecting =
Society&quot;=20
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MP3 audio=20
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<P>material. Such levies have been in place in other European countries =
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photocopying machines and blank tapes, for example, but the practise is =
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principle=20
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<P>2.Europe begins to implement the new EU Directive (2)</P>
<P>Meanwhile French Culture Minister Catherine Tasca has inaugurated a =
group,=20
the CSPLA, to reflect on the issues raised by digitisation and to =
propose,=20
amongst other things, how the new Directive might be implemented in =
French law.=20
The group brings together authors, publishers, producers and =
distributors of=20
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interests=20
in the area, academics and lawyers and a journalist. Amongst the items =
on the=20
group&rsquo;s agenda are how the extension of payment for private =
copying might=20
be handled and whether there should be more centralisation of rights =
clearance.=20
The Minister, taking account of fears expressed that new legislation =
could be=20
too oriented towards the rights owners interests, specifically mentioned =
the=20
role of the group in ensuring a balance between the different rights and =

interests. The President of the Group, Jean-Ludovic Silicani said that =
the group=20
would require different actors, who up to now had negotiated separately, =
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enter a dialogue driven by the convergence brought about by =
digitalisation. </P>
<P>If your French permits it, you may read the Ministers speech at:</P>
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