EU approves digital copyright directive

    Date11 Apr 2001
    CategoryGovernment
    4411
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    The European Union's Council of Ministers on Monday approved a pan-European directive on Internet copyright rules that sets out to protect copyright holders while allowing private copying of some audio and video material. The directive seeks to stem the tide of . . . The European Union's Council of Ministers on Monday approved a pan-European directive on Internet copyright rules that sets out to protect copyright holders while allowing private copying of some audio and video material. The directive seeks to stem the tide of Internet piracy by giving copyright owners the right to limit the illegal downloading of digital audio and video files. It also provides for the use of encryption to block duplication of digital files, the EU said in a statement.

    In an attempt to balance the rights of both copyright owners and users of copyrighted material, the EU directive also allows for private copying of such material for personal use, the EU said.

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