Greek Parliament Plenum Ratifies Intellectual Property Rights’ bill

    copyrightGreek Parliament plenum ratified a culture ministry bill harmonizing national legislation with EU directives’ on copyright and related rights.

    According to the new regulations, the period of protection of copyright for performers, artists and sound engineers is extended for 20 years, while at the same time allowing the utilization of “orphan works” for educational purposes.

    Nearly all the parties in Parliament, despite some comments and reservations, agreed on the need to protect creators’ intellectual rights. Additionally all parties were positive on holding a national dialogue regarding all problems related to copyright issues, users’ obligations and artists’ rights, suggested by Greece’s Culture Minister Panos Panagiotopoulos.

    Panagiotopoulos promised that by the end of the year the Hellenic Copyright Organisation will be fully operational and also have oversight of the Committee for dialogue on culture.
    (source: ana-mpa)