Commentary

40.5 Infringement by communication to the public

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY vol 21(2) copyright
| Commentary

40.5 Infringement by communication to the public

| Commentary

40.5 Infringement by communication to the public

The Information Society Directive1 (or to give it its full title, the ‘Directive on the harmonisation of certain aspects of copyright and related rights in the information society’) was introduced to help copyright and related rights keep pace with advancements in technology. As recital 5 of the Directive puts it:

‘Technological development has multiplied and diversified the vectors for creation, production and exploitation. While no new concepts for the protection of intellectual property are needed, the current law on copyright and related rights should be adapted and supplemented to respond adequately to economic realities such as new forms of

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