Intellectual property for business and consumers

The variety of copyright regimes in the 28 EU Member States – in the lack of an ‘EU copyright title’ – require researchers and scholars to get engaged with the differences and similarities of those regulatory frameworks. The European Union Intellectual Property Office Observatory provides here valuable expertise on interpreting the national laws and regulations in place.

Orphan works

An analysis conducted by EnDOW researchers in three countries (UK, Italy and Netherlands) reveals that the national implementations of the directive across Europe do not provide the much needed solution for the problem of orphan works. The Report on “Requirements for Diligent Search in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Italy” can be found here.

Copyright Rules

“According to the IFPI 2016 Report, the global music market achieved a key milestone in 2015 when digital became the primary revenue stream for recorded music, overtaking sales of physical formats for the first time. In 2016 total industry revenues grew 3.2 per cent to US$ 15.0 billion, leading to the industry’s first significant year-on-year growth in nearly ...

Innovation vs. Creativity: What is the Difference?

What’s the difference between creativity and innovation? Are artists also innovators? As countries increasingly work to foster environments that unlock human potential, a new WIPO paper looks at whether current innovation measurements are capturing less easily defined notions of creativity

The Copyright Manifesto – C4C

Copyright for Creativity. A Declaration for Europe

At a time when the copyright public policy debate tends to focus exclusively on enforcement, we believe that it is time for a discussion in the European institutions on how to ensure that copyright fully supports innovation, creativity, competition, and the public interest. Now is the time for a constructive policy agenda to ensure copyright ...

Spanish SGAE (Collecting Society) responds to Reda Report

The Spanish major Collecting Society (SGAE) responds to the Reda Report with concerns. This is the document sent to the European Parliament 22/01/2015.   nota-sgae-reforma-europea-copyright

“Reda Report” on Directive 2001/29/EC

Main idea: “Although the directive was meant to adapt copyright to the digital age, in reality it is blocking the exchange of knowledge and culture across borders today.” (source:

Colombia and Ecuador are joining forces to work on cultural content

Colombia and Ecuador have both anounced to be working in the future on a stronger representation of own cultural contents. More information on their plans can be found here:

Information on the 6th Artsummit 2014

“The International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA) is the global network of national agencies arts funding. Created in December 2000, its purpose is to improve the capacity and effectiveness of government agencies arts funding in order to benefit society through networking, advocacy and research arts. To meet its objectives, IFACCA has initiated ...