15 questions from consumers on copyright
Copyright, understood as authors' rights in most of continental Europe, grants a bundle of rights to authors of original works. Thanks to copyright, authors may control how others use their works, and receive remuneration from those uses. European jurisdictions also protect the interests of performers, producers and broadcasters. At least in authors' rights countries, such protection is granted by ‘related rights', which are distinct from the rights granted to authors. The EU has adopted several legal instruments in the field of copyright. Yet, unlike in other fields of intellectual property law, there is no ‘single EU title' for copyright, and each of the 28 Member States has its own copyright law and policy.
What European consumers can or cannot do with copyright protected content, such as music, films or software, is often not clear. On this page we have set out the most common questions on copyright put together by representatives of European consumers' interests. National copyright experts have provided answers for their respective EU Member State. The answers are available in at least one official language of the country and in English.
What will I find here?
From general questions such as, ‘Who owns copyright?' or ‘What does infringement mean?' to issues such as streaming and downloading over the world wide web or copyright use on social media platforms.
More information on copyright law in the EU Member States.
The Summary Report on the Frequently Asked Questions on Copyright provides an overview of the differences and similarities between the national copyright laws with regard to the FAQs
The answers to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) were finalised on the date indicated as the status date on the website. Gathering up-to-date information from 28 Member States is an extensive exercise. While the EUIPO tries to keep the information up-to-date, new case-law or legislative reforms may impact the content of the FAQs. Neither the EUIPO nor any person acting on behalf of the EUIPO is responsible for the use which might be made of the FAQs.