Europe: “Loosen Up Copyright Law, Says Dutch Government”

Posted on February 13, 2012 by


From a Radio Netherlands Report:

The YouTube generation has gained an ally in the worldwide “copyright wars.” The Dutch government wants to change copyright law so new media users can continue to do “creative remixes” of protected content. The Hague will no longer wait for the European Commission to find a compromise.

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[Bent] Hugenholtz, copyright law professor at the University of Amsterdam [and member of the Dutch state committee on copyright law] , discussed his views last Friday with representatives of European governments, the entertainment industry, internet entrepreneurs, legal experts, journalists and librarians. They were gathered in The Hague for “Towards Flexible Copyright,” a conference organised by the Dutch government.

At the conference, Deputy Justice Minister Fred Teeven said he is exploring “a more flexible system of copyright exceptions that would also work in a European context.” Teeven’s suggestion that the Dutch would unilaterally loosen their rules clearly displeased one of his guests: the head of the European Commission unit drafting a new directive to harmonise EU copyright law.

Report Includes Sidebar: “US vs. European copyright law: the pros and cons”

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