Thursday, 4 February 2010

Online copyright enforcement vs data protection

A Study on Online Copyright Enforcement and Data Protection in Selected Member States prepared by law firm Hunton & Williams, Brussels for the Commission looks useful - it's just been added to the EU web page listing various documents about IP rights enforcement:

"This study provides an overview of the legal situation regarding the interaction between online copyright enforcement and data protection at the European Union level and in six selected EU Member States, namely Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Spain and Sweden. It has been prepared on behalf of DG Internal Market and Services of the European Commission by the Brussels office of Hunton & Williams, with the assistance of local counsel, and in the context of the “Stakeholders’ Dialogue on Illegal Uploading and Downloading” organized by DG Internal Market and Services. This study was purposely kept brief, and is not intended to provide an exhaustive analysis.

The first section provides a brief overview of the legal  instruments relevant to online copyright enforcement and data protection, and of whether the European legal framework for data protection presents a barrier to the fight against online copyright infringement…

The second section analyzes issues regarding the interaction of data protection and online copyright enforcement in six selected EU Member States as of September 1, 2009."

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