The latest amendments in the Law on Copyright and Related Rights

With the latest proposed changes and additions to the Law on Copyright and Related Rights (LCRR), the purpose of which is to align with the so-called the EU Digital Directive also foresees the protection of press publications relating to online use. Namely, the publisher of information publications cannot invoke his right as a publisher of information publications against the holders of the copyright or related rights of works of authorship and objects of related rights included in his information publication, and in particular he cannot by referring to his right as the publisher of an information publication to prevent them from using their author’s work and the objects of their related rights independently of the information publication in which they are included. Furthermore, the proposed amendments to the LCRR provide that anyone who in any way publicly transmits daily news and other news that has the character of ordinary media information, and which will not be considered a work of authorship, as well as other media information that he learned about from publicly published sources , is obliged to clearly and visibly indicate in his announcement the name of the publisher of an information publication or broadcasting organization or broadcasting organization or of the publisher of another media or the electronic media that first published the daily news, other news or other media information and name and surname of the journalist who signed, if it is in accordance with the usual practice in media reporting.

Folk literary and artistic works in their original form are considered copyrighted works in the sense of LCRR, but a fee will be paid for their communication to the public, as well as for communication of copyrighted works that are subject to protection. These fees will be used to encourage appropriate artistic and cultural creation of a predominantly non-commercial nature and cultural diversity in the appropriate artistic and cultural area. Institutions for the protection of cultural heritage such as national libraries, archives, as well as the libraries and archives of educational and scientific institutions that are publicly available and the libraries and archives of public broadcasting services will not be obliged to pay such compensation.

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