Tag Archives: eu

Public domain and the internet

Posted on: May 24, 2017 by Alexander Herman

A number of issues arise when we use images of artistic works online. Here, I am referring to copyright and to the specific treatment of images of older works that may – or may not – have fallen into the public domain. Of course, once copyright has expired in a work, that work will enter the public […]

Brexit and the changes to ‘art law’

Posted on: June 29, 2016 by Alexander Herman

Of course we need to mention the very real possibility of Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union following last Thursday’s referendum vote. We held a class on Saturday as part of our Diploma in Art Profession Law and Ethics (with some sad faces in the room, it should be said) and listed off a number of instruments and regulations in […]

New EU Directive on return of cultural objects now implemented

Posted on: January 12, 2016 by Alexander Herman

As of last month, the UK has brought into force the necessary regulations to implement the 2014/60 EU Directive on the return of cultural objects unlawfully removed from the territory of a Member State. In fact, the deadline for all EU Member States to bring about this change in their national law was 18 December 2015. […]

European Parliament Votes on Cultural Heritage Initiative

Posted on: September 10, 2015 by Ana Laura Blanco

This week the European Parliament debated and adopted a report on the future of cultural heritage in Europe. The report highlighted the economic importance of cultural heritage and pointed the way towards further European legislation in this field. In May 2014, EU Culture Ministers called for the “mainstreaming of cultural heritage in national and European policies” and “the development of […]

Cultural heritage report to be considered by European Parliament

Posted on: September 1, 2015 by Ruth Redmond-Cooper

It has been brought to our attention that during the next plenary session of the European Parliament (7-8 September 2015), there will be a presentation and vote on the own-initiative report ‘Towards an integrated approach to cultural heritage for Europe‘ led by the Committee on Culture and Education. We will be providing an overview and […]

Update on Freedom of Panorama

Posted on: July 10, 2015 by Alexander Herman

Just a quick update to say that yesterday the European Parliament voted – overwhelmingly – to remove the proposed restrictions on Freedom of Panorama (FOP) from the report currently being debated. The proposal had been outlined in two earlier blogs: here and here. That means the status quo will be maintained: countries such as the UK, […]

Last call for ‘Freedom of Panorama’

Posted on: July 8, 2015 by Alexander Herman

As the European Parliament is set to vote tomorrow on the amended Report dealing with the harmonisation of ‘Freedom of Panorama’ across Europe, the opposition to the Report has taken off. This can be seen in the nearly 500,000 digital signatures acquired in the last week alone protesting the current provisions of the Report: notably the […]

Copyright calculator for EU

Posted on: April 23, 2015 by Alexander Herman

For those of you who have taken the IAL’s Diploma in Intellectual Property and Collections (DipIPC) course, you will know that an important module of the course deals with the duration of copyright. This can be an especially challenging issue when it comes to the visual arts, where digitisation can make a work instantaneously available throughout the world. But different […]

New Orphan Works Rules In Force

Posted on: November 3, 2014 by Alexander Herman

As of 29 October 2014 – last Wednesday – the new Orphan Works scheme was in force throughout the European Union. This was the system introduced by the Orphan Works Directive 2012/28, which allows a number of institutions, including museums, to make available large numbers of works for which copyright owners could not be identified or […]