The Copyright and Related Rights Act 2000 which came into force in January 2001, provides for the protection of a wide range of artistic work – literary, dramatic, musical and artistic as well as related categories – taking account of the Information Society and the digital age. The “related rights” encompassed by the Act include “neighbouring rights”, “performers’ rights” and “moral rights”, the latter included for the first time into Irish Copyright Law. The Act gives the author of a work the exclusive right to authorise the “copying”, “distribution” and “making available to the public” of the work for a period of 70 years.
This legislation puts in place a modern technology-neutral regime of statutory protection for copyright and related rights; brings Irish law up to speed with EU directives and international law in this field; and provides for the first time a range of performers’ rights in Irish law. Guided by the World International Copyright Treaties (WIPO) on Copyright and on Performances and Phonograms, the Act makes provision for copying including digital representation of copyright materials, as well as ownership of new rights attendant on web publication. The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, in compliance with the European Parliament and Council Directive 2001/84/EC, on the resale right for the benefit of the author of an original work and, further to a court challenge in respect of the delay in its implementation in Ireland, has introduced limited resale rights while awaiting a new Intellectual Property Bill. Resale rights for deceased artists were introduced in 2012..