The European Union Copyright Directive ("EUCD") based on the 1996 WIPO [World Intellectual Property Organization] Copyright Treaty, required by the 1995 TRIPS [Trade-Related aspects of Intellectual Property Rights] Agreement. It is the European analogue to the US's Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).
Some of its controversial provisions impose penalties for distributing methods to circumvent copy protection schemes or region blocking access controls (used in media like DVDs).
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EUROPA - Internal Market - Intellectual Property - Official Documents
Repository of European Union Directives, Proposals and Reports on Intellectual Property legislations, in PDF format.
FIPR - Policy Work
The Foundation for Information Policy Research (FIPR) is an independent organisation researching the effects of new legislation and lobbying UK Government parties for the provision of academic and personal freedom.
See the New Copyright Law, and Watch It Suck As Much As the Largest Hoover Ever Made
Chris Lightfoot's correspondence with Anne Campbell, Labour MP for Cambridge, over his concerns about the EUCD.
TCPA / Palladium FAQ
Ross Anderson's analysis of Intel's TCPA and Microsoft's Palladium, technologies for digital rights management which may well have implications upon the implementation of the EUCD.
Patent Office swamped by EU Copyright Directive response
The Patent Office will miss the EUCD deadline of 22 December due to extensive feedback on the draft UK proposal. Article by Drew Cullen [Register]. (November 20, 2002)
UK's DMCA: There Ain't No Sanity Clause
Article by Andrew Orlowski [Register] (August 22, 2002)
Exemptions Exempted in Europe's DMCA
Article by Andrew Orlowski [Register] (August 16, 2002)
Shouting About Copyright
Technology consultant Bill Thompson discusses issues of concern in the UK implementation of the EUCD, his view being that it may eat away at our rights to enjoy music and film. [BBC] (August 16, 2002)
Does New Europe Law Mean Slammer for DRM Crackers?
Article by John Leyden [Register] (May 13, 2002)
Alan Cox Attacks the European DMCA
Article covering Alan Cox's speech at the Campaign for Digital Rights meeting [Register] (April 30, 2002)
The EU's Answer to the DMCA
"You thought the DCMA was bad? Well EU Directive 2001/29/EU is due to be passed into individual country law next year." News and discussion forum. [Slashdot] (October 27, 2001)
UK Campaigners Call for Anti 'Anti-rip' CD Day of Action
"Campaigners will take to the streets of Britain this Saturday (6 October) in a bid to raise public awareness of the music industry's attempts to prevent listeners from copying CDs or playing discs on PCs." By Tony Smith. [Register] (October 04, 2001)
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