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Legal Aspects of Multimedia in Europe

TitleLegal Aspects of Multimedia in Europe
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication1995
AuthorsHoeren, T.
Secondary TitleHands On: Hypermedia & Interactivity in Museums: Selected Papers from the Third International Conference on Hypermedia and Interactivity in Museums: Volume 2 (ICHIM 95 / MCN 95)
PublisherArchives & Museum Informatics
Place PublishedSan Diego, California
EditorBearman, D.
Keywordscollecting societies, copyright, European intellectual property law, intellectual property, law

Multimedia means multilegia. The basic copyright problem arises out of the fact that multimedia producers need to integrate a hugh quantity of copyrightable works (texts, pictures, music) in their products. This paper describes how the traditional European copyright law can cope with the requirements of the digital age. Instead of compulsory licensing, the collecting societies can manage digital licensing with consent of the rightsholders and through technical devices. The societies should work on the basis of uniform European supervision structure and via coordinating bureaus acting as clearing houses. The system of neighbouring rights however needs some extensions to guarantee sufficient protection for electronic publishers and phonograrn producers in relation to Digital Audiobroadcasting (DAB). Finally, the dogmatic classification of loading acts and electronic transmission has to be taken into account.