Exceptions in EU Copyright Law: In Search of a Balance Between Flexibility and Legal Certainty



By: Tito Rendas

ISBN: 9789403523958

Published: 10 Feb 2021


Information Law Series Volume 45


About this book:


Exceptions in EU Copyright Law deals with comprehensive redesigning of Article 5 of the Information Society Directive (InfoSoc Directive). In a copyright system characterised by broad and long-lasting exclusive rights, exceptions provide a vital counterweight, especially in times of rampant technological change. The EU’s controversial InfoSoc Directive – now two decades old – lists exceptions in which an unauthorised user will not have infringed the rightholder’s copyright, and there have been calls for reform in order to achieve a better balance between flexibility and legal certainty. The question to reform or not to reform this legal framework has been considered in great depth in this book, providing detailed theoretical and normative analysis of the Directive, the national and CJEU case law arising from it, and meticulously thought-out proposals for change.


What’s in this book:


The author thoroughly examines such core aspects of the framework as the following:


justifications for exceptions, e.g., safeguarding the fundamental rights of users;

regimes established in legislation and case law for key exceptions;

the need to promote technological development;

importance of avoiding re-fragmentation caused by uncoordinated national legislative responses to technological changes;

legal status of digital technologies that rely on unauthorised uses of copyright-protected works; and

pros and cons of importing a fair use standard modelled after that of the United States.

In an invaluable concluding chapter, the author puts forward a set of reform proposals, articulating their advantages and responding to potential objections. In doing so, the chapter also identifies, synthesises and critically examines the various proposals that have been advanced in the academic literature.


How this will help you:


In its decisive contribution to the debate around the InfoSoc Directive and the rules that guide its implementation, interpretation, and application, this book isolates the contentious structural features of the framework and examines them in a critical fashion. There is no directly competing work that offers the analysis and proposals for reform. This topical, well-researched book will be welcomed by practitioners in intellectual property law and other areas of economic law, as well as by interested policymakers and scholars.


Table Of Contents:


Preface and Acknowledgements

List of Abbreviations


Chapter 1

The Rights of Reproduction and Communication to the Public in International and EU Law

Chapter 2

Exceptions in International and EU Law

Chapter 3

Understanding Flexibility and Legal Certainty

Chapter 4

Flexibility and Legal Certainty in the InfoSoc Framework of Exceptions

Chapter 5

A Road Map for Reform



Table of Cases

Table of Legislation

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