European Parliament discussed copyright

Subject: European Parliament discussed copyright
From: Barbara Schleihagen (
Date: ke 10 syys   1997 - 17:13:22 EEST

Dear list subscribers,

On 2 September 1997 the European Parliament's Legal Committee discussed a
draft report on the 'Follow-up to the Green Paper on copyright and related
rights in the information society', presented by Mr Roberto Barzanti.
(Interested EBLIDA members can receive a copy of the three pages draft
report on request from the EBLIDA secretariat.) Mr Barzanti is planning
himself to include a lot of amendments and more details to this report. The
deadline for tabling amendments was 10 September 1997. The Legal Committee
is planning to adopt the report at their next meeting on 22-24 September.
The plenary will problably vote on it in October or November.

EBLIDA has prepared some amendments and asked some MEPs to support them and
to table them in time. The amendments mainly concern the inclusion of the
term "ephemeral reproductions" under the right of reproduction. The
libraries world lobbied hard to get this out of the draft Article 7 of the
WIPO proposals, and we do of course not wish to see them come back via the
European Parliament. All those temporary reproductions that are made for
the sole purpose of making a work perceptible, or which are made as part of
a technical process, should not constitute a reproduction within the
meaning of Article 9 (1) of the Berne Convention.

EBLIDA also called on the European Parliament to welcome the inclusion of a
new paragraph into the Preamble of the WIPO Copyright Treaty which
recognises the need to maintain a balance between rights owners and the
larger public interest, particularly education, research and access to

Mr Reinbothe, Head of Copyright Unit, attended the Legal Committee meeting
on behalf of the European Commission. He announced that preparatory work
for the new Directive are almost finalised. He confirmed that only one
Directive is envisaged to enhance transparancy. He stated that the European
Commission hopes to adopt the proposal for this new Directive in November
this year.

This means that the new Directive will be adopted later than we all expected.

With best wishes,
Barbara Schleihagen

Barbara Schleihagen, Director
Heidi Grootscholten, EU Policy Officer
P.O. Box 43300
NL-2504 AH The Hague
Tel: +31-70-309 06 08
Fax: +31-70-309 07 08

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