|Lennert Steijger studied
International and European Law at Tilburg University
(2004) and Information Law at the University of
Amsterdam (2006, cum laude). In Tilburg, he wrote
his final paper on the consistency of EU biotech food
labelling legislation with international trade law. His
UvA dissertation concerned the EU's competence as
regards harmonisation and unification of copyright.
participated in a number of IViR's research projects in
the field of copyright. He was a Ph.D. candidate at the
Institute; his thesis involved a legal assessment of
misleading and confusing commercial information under
advertising and trademark law.
Guibault, G. Westkamp, T. Rieber-Mohn, P.B.
Hugenholtz, et al.),
on the Implementation and Effect in Member States' laws of
Directive 2001/29/EC on the Harmonisation of Certain
Aspects of Copyright and Related Rights in the Information
Society, report to the European Commission, DG
Internal Market, February 2007.
commissioned by the European Commission, examines the
application of Directive 2001/29/EC in the light of the
development of the digital market. Its purpose is to
consider how Member States have implemented the
Directive into national law and to assist the Commission
in evaluating whether the Directive, as currently
formulated, remains the appropriate response to the
continuing challenges faced by the stakeholders
concerned, such as rights holders, commercial users,
consumers, educational and scientific users. As set out
in specifications of the study set out by the
Commission, its aim is "to assess the role that the
Directive has played in fostering the digital market for
goods and services in the four years since its
adoption". The impact of the Directive on the
development of digital (chiefly online) business models,
therefore, will be the focal point of our enquiry
throughout this study.
van Eechoud, S.J.
van Gompel, et al.
Recasting of Copyright & Related Rights for the
Knowledge Economy, report to the European Commission,
DG Internal Market, November 2006, 308 p.
See also the executive
Study carried out by
the Institute for Information Law for the European
Commission (DG Internal Market). Chapters 1 and 2
describe and examine the existing 'acquis communautaire'
in the field of copyright and related (neighbouring)
rights, with special focus on inconsistencies and
unclarities. Chapters 3-6 deal with distinct issues that
were identified a priori by the European Commission as
meriting special attention: possible extension of the
term of protection of phonograms (Chapter 3), possible
alignment of the term of protection of co-written
musical works (Chapter 4), the problems connected to
multiple copyright ownership, including the issue of
'orphan works' (Chapter 5), and copyright awareness
among consumers (Chapter 6). Chapter 7 provides an
overall assessment of the benefits and drawbacks of the
fifteen years of harmonisation of copyright and related
rights in the EU and dwells on regulatory alternatives.