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Gašparovič didn’t sign new copyright law, will become effective anyway

The amendment to the law on copyright which, among other things, shall change the perception of newspapers and magazines – now they should be considered a copyright protected collected product – will come into effect even as President Ivan Gašparovič refused to sign the law.

The amendment to the law on copyright which, among other things, shall change the perception of newspapers and magazines – now they should be considered a copyright protected collected product – will come into effect even as President Ivan Gašparovič refused to sign the law.

On September 3, parliament passed the amendment, ignoring previous president’s comment that newspapers should not be considered a collected work protected by copyright. The amendment implies that monitoring agencies will have to contractually agree with publishers if they wish to sell parts of their content in the form of press monitor to third parties.

Gašparovič proposed to leave out the wording defining newspaper as a collected product subject to copyright. “I consider the protection unsubstantiated if, according to the passed law, newspapers are as a collected work subject to the copyright law,” Gašparovič said, as quoted by the SITA newswire. “Thus, I deem including the newspapers into the amendment unsubstantiated.”

The Culture Ministry says the change comes as part of plans to implement the directive of the European Parliament and the EU Council from September 2011 about the term of the copyright protection in the Slovak legislation.

Gašparovič warned that by adding the word newspaper to the collected works protected by copyright “the copyright of the publishers is actually being protected”. On September 18, he refused for the second time to sign the bill into law, but it will nevertheless become effective from November 1.

(Source: SITA)
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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