EU Regulation of E-Commerce
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EU Regulation of E-Commerce

A Commentary

Edited by Arno R. Lodder and Andrew D. Murray

For the last twenty years the European Union has been extremely active in the field of e-commerce. This important new book addresses the key pieces of EU legislation in the field of e-commerce, including the E-commerce Directive, the Services Directive, the Consumer Directive, the General Data Protection Regulation, and the eID Regulation. The latest in the Elgar Commentaries series, EU Regulation of E-Commerce is the first book to apply this well-established format to a dynamic and increasingly significant area of law.
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Chapter 3: DIRECTIVE 2001/29/EC ON THE HARMONISATION OF CERTAIN ASPECTS OF COPYRIGHT AND RELATED RIGHTS IN THE INFORMATION SOCIETY

Tatiani Eleni Synodinou

Abstract

Tatiani Synodinou (University of Cyprus) discusses this Directive on copyright and related rights in the information society, often referred to as the Information Society Directive. In 2002 Michel Vivant ended his chapter on this Directive with: ‘[the] most peculiar aspect is not, to my mind, the effect of harmonisation but the fact that it singularly avoids any harmonisation! (…) How then can this be a “single market” of Treaties when the rules are radically different? How can we play the same game when the teams do not use the same rules? “Much ado about... little”? Let us hope not!’1 The new chapter discusses the Directive and how it has evolved over the years and demonstrates the Directive did have impact. Keywords: Communication to the public, copyright, copyright exemptions, digital rights management 1 M. Vivant (2002), Chapter 5 Directive 2001/29, in: A.R. Lodder & H.W.K. Kaspersen (eds.), eDirectives, Kluwer Law International, 117.

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