Thursday, October 13, 2005

Belgium Court Confirms: Private Copying Not a Right

I'm pretty late on this one - as the blogging is generally slower due to a (great) change of work - but it still is interesting for the private copying debate. Not that the following ruling of a Belgium Court of a Appeals brings much news. It follows the general legal trend away from the 'private-copying-is-a-right'-mantra together in its confirmation of the ruling of a lower court that private copying is not a right, but a "legally granted immunity against prosecution."” Those are words from the confirmed ruling. If you want to read the latest one of the Court of Appeals, get out your dictionary and start reading the French judgment [PDF]. The tables are getting turned in a DRMed world: now it is the user who has to secure his interests through an often costly procedure.
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Related CoCo: German Constitutional Court: Private Copying Unlikely a Right
CoCo: French Court: Private DVD Protection Incompatible with Private Copying Exception


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