Dutch call for copyright reform

Ways forward for European copyright reform discussed at 'Towards Flexible Copyright' event.

A conference organised by the Dutch government and held in the Hague, brought together entrepreneurs, legal experts, EU representatives, librarians and others to discuss how European copyright law should be updated to reflect new technology and user behaviours.

Professor Hugenholtz, a copyright law professor at the University of Amsterdam stated that the law needed to be updated to enable 'creative remixes' of protected material - similar to the 'fair use' doctrine currently in force in the US.    The existing EU rules are, he argued, unsuitable for the digital environment.

More information on the event, including summaries of other contributions available here.