The European Commission announced today that it is referring Italy and Luxembourg to the ECJ for failing to implement the 1992 EC Directive on rental right and on certain rights related to copyright properly into their legislation. Both Italy and Luxembourg do not pay authors when their works are lent out by public libraries, even though this is required of them by the Directive. The Commission has also decided to launch infringement proceedings against Belgium, Finland and Sweden because those countries have not complied with the 2004 rulings of the Court requiring them to implement the 2001 Copyright Directive, which provides anti-circumvention protection. If they continue to flout the ECJ’s ruling, the Commission will first issue a reasoned opinion and they ask the ECJ to levy fines on the countries.
The IPKat is glad to see the Commission effectively discharging its duty to ensure that EU legislation is properly and equally implemented throughout the EU.
The public lending right in the UK here
How to avoid the public lending right here
Something you’ll want to take out of the library here