The law on copyright in Europe relates to Directive 2001/29/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 May 2001 on the harmonisation of certain aspects of copyright and rights pertaining to copyright in the information society.
“Member States shall provide the exclusive right to authorise or prohibit direct or indirect, temporary or permanent reproduction by any means and in any form, of the whole or part.”
However, as can be seen in the report, article 5.3, 2c and 3c offer exceptions to this rule relating to use in education.
The report also shows that the internet follows the above rule, and that the law of each country must be used when making decisions about using other people's creations.
Information about copyright and data protection for each member country in the project is explained in some details in the report.
'Creative Commons' allows creators to permit varying levels of exploitation of their work. There are 6 different levels of permission, ranging from limited use in educational environments through to commercial use.
The report will offer the user a concise and highly useful break-down of usually complex material. The report also offers extremely useful recommendations to the user about how to stay within the law, and maybe even profit from it.
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