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Copyright paradigm shift in visegrad countries

Copyright paradigm shift in visegrad countries

The field of copyright is associated with important cultural, social, and technological aspects, all of which have to be taken into account when formulating policy in this field. In the last 20 years, copyright and  patent holders in different fields of industry and art have entered into a period of redefinition. Today, the copyright that served to  protect the interest of creators in the last centuries  is a barrier of invention and knowledge-sharing. » Read more

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Belgian court rules that Google infringes newspaper copyrights

The Belgian Court of Appeals ruled this week that Google is infringing the copyrights of Belgian newspapers by linking to and posting portions of the articles on Google news. Google must remove all articles and photos from Belgian newspapers in French and German or face a fine of 20,000 euros per day.
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EU reexamining copyright law

In the past, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other Europeans have objected to the Google book scanning project and the proposed settlement.  The reasons I've heard for the objection include the absence of protection for moral rights in the U.S., that foreign works published in the U.S. may not be protected by U.S. copyright (so they fair game for full display on Google, but are still under copyright in the own country), and that Google will have a monopoly on digital books, a concern shared in the U.S.

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