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The purpose of this collaborative research effort is to identify best practice implementations of the European Union Copyright Directive (Directive 2001/29/EC) as legislated by EU Member States and compile them in a report. It should include the IPR enforcement directive and others from the acquis.

Examples of best practices include the following. Slovenia has the only EUCD implementation that allows circumvention for the exercise of copyright exceptions. Switzerland is not in the EU, but in its implementation of the WIPO Copyright Treaty (WCT) is currently debating to allow circumvention as well. Hungary has (had?) mandatory collective management for the making available right (see von Lewinski). France had passed a Global License along the same line but ended up doing away with it. In Sweden links to copyright infringing materials are not illegal. Germany allows making available for educational purposes in its §52a.

The report will be ready for the [Wizards of OS 4] on 14 - 16 September 2006 where a panel and a workshop will take place.

Preceding Work

  • by a pan-European network of young copyright scholars, striving to educate as many people as possible about the implementation of the European Copyright Directive and copyright laws on an objective and easy to understand way.
  • Link Collection by the Institut für Urheber- und Medienrecht Munich (in German / Stand vom 12. Juli 2004).

Other resources


Belgium Denmark Finland France Germany Greece ... ...
Art. 1. Scope
Art. 2. Reproduction right
Art. 3. Right of communication to the public
Art. 4. Distribution right
Art. 5. E&L 1. must: Temporary acts of reproduction
Art. 5. E&L 2. may: a. reproductions on paper
Art. 5. E&L 2. may: b. private copy in any medium
Art. 5. E&L 2. may: c. library copies
Art. 5. E&L 2. may: d. ephemeral recordings by broadcasters

25 current EU members

accession states

countries outside the EU implementing the WCT/WPPT

Project Leads

  • Urs Gasser
  • Ian Brown
  • (maybe Bogdan Manolea, Iryna Kutchma)


  • Vera Franz
  • Teresa Hackett
  • Maja Bogataj
  • Sjoera Nas
  • Tomislav Medak
  • Loic Dachary
  • Cornelia Kutterer
  • Jean-Baptiste Soufron
  • Michelle Childs
  • Iryna Kuchma
  • Bogdan Manolea
  • Sarita Matijevic
  • Bardhyl Jashari
  • Veni Markovski
  • Peter Mogensen
  • ...

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