This book is an updated English language version of a highly regarded commentary published in German by Springer in 2001, covering all of the EU Directives on copyright law and related rights, with article-by-article analysis of the provisions, as well as the relevant background of general EC law. The analysis of each article examines its antecedents in national laws, the negotiating history, the meaning and purpose of the wording, interpretive rulings by the European Court of Justice, and key issues relating to implentation of the regulations and rulings by the Member States, concentrating in particular on the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy and Hungary. The revised English edition takes into account the many significant developments which have taken place since the German edition was published, including the Software Directive, the Database Directive, the revised text of the Product Piracy Regulation, the Enforcement Directive and the review of the EC legal framework in the field of Copyright and Related Rights. This book is a must have text for practitioners and academics working in the areas of intellectual property law and policy-making as it offers for the first time in the English language, a clear and comprehensive analysis of European Copyright Law in the style of a commentary. Relevant Europe-wide, this book also has a global market given the importance of the EU in intellectual property circles around the world.
The second edition of European Copyright Law is particularly relevant in that it offers an extensive review of the acquis communautaire, especially now that the debate on a uniform copyright title for Europe has been launched by academics as well as decision makers. This impressive book also takes into account the most recent developments at the national level and the changes resulting from the new Treaty of Lisbon. This book will serve as a valuable tool for anyone dealing with European copyright law issues. Alain Strowel, Of Counsel, Covington & Burling LLP
Edited by Michel Walter, Honorary Professor, Vienna Law School, specialist IP law practitioner and President of the Austrian group of ALAI, and Silke von Lewinski, Adjunct Professor and Head of the Intellectual Property and Competition Law Unit at the Max Planck Institute in Munich
Prof. Dr. Walter Blocher - Institut für Wirtschaftsrecht, Universität Kassel, Kassel Prof. Dr. Thomas Dreier - Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe Dr. Anke Schierholz - Verwertungsgesellschaft Bild-Kunst, Bonn Dr. Felix Daum - Deschka Klein Daum Rechtsanwaelte-Partnerschaft, Vienna
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