Copyright Law

“Urheberrecht 2.0”? – A short overview to the german debate about copyright law.

In the layer of technological change (especially new media like the Internet) and the upcoming of an new “information society”, a reformation of the German copyright law (UrhG) seems to be urgently needed. Among other things, the legislation applies to “harmonize” german law to the guidelines of the European and international law. The latest reform of the UrhG (the so-called “Third Basket”), covered for 2012, is already preceded by two earlier reforms. With regards to the European Directive 2001/29/EC form 2001, there was a first reform in 2003 (“First Basket”) and another one – the Second Act Governing Copyright in the Information Society (“Second Basket”) – in 2008, which is still valid. Read on…

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