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In 2014 a new Copyright Act transposed two directives of the EU into Czech law, on the term of protection of copyright and related rights and on certain uses of orphan works.

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Czech Republic/ 5.1 General legislation  

5.1.7 Copyright provisions

The CR basically adheres to the standard continental model of copyright legislation (droit d´auteur tradition). As regards moral rights,no debate has recently been observed in the CR by the Ministry of Culture. In conformity with binding international and EU legislation copyright law – on the assumption that the rules of the so-called three-stage test are adhered to – stipulates a number of exceptions and restrictions to copyright legislation and related legislation. A significant change in copyright law occurred in 2000 in response to technological development when the Copyright Act No. 121/2000 Coll.was introduced. This act reflected the content of the Internet Treaty of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) from 1996 and implemented the majority of the directives of the European Community. The Amended Copyright Act No. 216/2006 Coll. marked the completion of the implementation of the European directives of 2001 and 2004.  

In 2014 the new Copyright Act came into effect. It transposes two new copyright directives of the European Union into Czech law: Directive 2011/77/EU, which amends Directive 2006/116/ES on the term of protection of copyright and related rights; and Directive 2012/28/EU on certain uses of orphan works.

In 2014 work began on preparing another copyright act that will transpose the latest EU directive into Czech law: Directive 2014/26/EU on collective management of copyright and related rights and multi-territorial licensing of rights in musical works for online use in the internal market.

Alongside changes in the area of collective rights, there will also be changes in other areas, such as introducing a system of licencing so-called orphan works (and other protected objects) and making it easier to use so-called works inaccessible in the book market. This further amendment should come into effect in the spring of 2016.

Chapter published: 28-01-2016

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