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Israel: Contracts Concluded for Book Publication Before Digital Era Do Not Extend to E-Books

(July 15, 2015) On May 19, 2015, the Tel Aviv District Court issued a declaratory judgement recognizing an heir’s rights to publication of a work created by her spouse’s father in an e-book format. Exclusive rights of publication of the work in a single book form had previously been transferred to the respondent, based on […]

Australia: National Library to Implement Digital Legal Deposit from January 2016

(July 13, 2015) As a result of changes to the legal deposit provisions in the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) made by the Civil Law and Justice Legislation Amendment Bill 2014 (Cth), the National Library of Australia will have the power to collect and preserve Australian works published in electronic format, beginning January 1, 2016. (Clarissa […]

Brazil: New Decree Regulates Copyrights

(July 1, 2015) On June 22, 2015, Brazilian President Dilma Roussef signed Decree No. 8,469 on the collective management of copyrights. (Dilma Assina Decreto que Regulamenta Direitos Autorias, VEJA (June 23, 2015); Decreto No. 8.469, de 22 de Junho de 2015 [Decree], PLANALTO.) The Decree regulates Law No. 9,610 of February 19, 1998 (Lei No. […]

Australia: Law Allowing Blocking of Copyright-Infringing Websites Passed

(June 23, 2015) On June 22, 2015, the Australian Senate passed a bill that will allow copyright holders to request that overseas websites be blocked in Australia on the grounds that those websites have the “primary purpose” of facilitating copyright infringement. The Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015 had previously been passed by the House […]

Italy: Implementation of EU Legislation on Orphan Works

(Dec. 16, 2014) Italy recently amended its Copyright Law to address the issue of orphan works. On November 25, 2014, Legislative Decree No. 163 of November 10, 2014, Implementation of European Directive 2012/28/EU on Certain Permitted Uses of Orphan Works, became effective. (Decreto Legislativo 10 novembre 2014, n. 163 [D.L. No. 163], GAZETTA UFFICIALE (G. […]

Vietnam: Copyright Infringement Fines to Be Increased

(Nov. 20, 2013) Under a government decree of October 16, 2013, Vietnam will be increasing the fines imposed for copyright infringement. The highest level fine for an individual who infringes on a copyright will be VND250 million (about US$11,700); for an organization the fine will be VND500 million (about US$23,450). Furthermore, any organization that imports […]