Interpretation of European Copyright

Interlending & Document Supply

ISSN: 0264-1615

Article publication date: 1 June 2004



(2004), "Interpretation of European Copyright", Interlending & Document Supply, Vol. 32 No. 2.



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Interpretation of European Copyright

Interpretation of European Copyright

A sceptical question on EU copyright “harmonisation” with which ILDS has much sympathy: (Ed.)

Interpretation Of European Copyright: So it's here at last, the UK implementation of the EU Copyright Harmonisation ... The question I would like to pose is this: Why, when the initiative was intended to create “harmony”, has the interpretation of this legislation apparently led to so many different regional interpretations? A customer looking for ILL or article supply in the UK could quite rightly look to a supplier in any country within Europe (or beyond). If they were to do so, they might find that the costs for these services vary significantly despite there being supposedly common legislation (certainly in Europe) It would appear that in some cases this is due to a variation in the application of copyright fees or not and the amount charged for copyright in each country. Can anyone shed any light on this?

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