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The Harmonisation of Copyright and Related Rights

  • Jens Gaster
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Part of the European Communication Council (ECC): Report 1997 book series (EUROCOMM)

Abstract

The convergence of the 15 EU Member States’ legislation in the field of copyright and related rights is not only of considerable political and legal significance but relates to a sector which is of utmost commercial importance. The turnover of the so-called copyright and related rights “industries” (print media, arts, music and sound recordings, films, broadcasting, computer programmes, databases and other types of multimedia works) is currently estimated at roughly 5% of the European Union’s GDP. The rapid growth of the information technology and entertainment industries contributes to the widespread dissemination of cultural, educational and otherwise useful goods and services. Intellectual property has thus become a particularly valuable resource in modern societies.

Keywords

Member State Intellectual Property Information Society Copyright Protection Green Paper 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jens Gaster
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  1. 1.DG XV (Internal Market & Financial Services)UK

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