Copyright under review


Hanna Nylund and Davide Battistelli

Copyright in Finland is currently in flux.

The EU directives on the extension of the term of protection for performances and sound recordings (2011/77/ EU) and on orphan works (2012/28/EU) are about to be implemented, and the Ministry of Education and Culture (MEC) is preparing a new government bill that, according to reports, would address among other things the private copying levy system and enforcement measures against unauthorised use of copyrighted material online.

Implementing new EU directives

A government bill implementing the EU directives on the term of protection of copyright and certain related rights and on certain permitted uses of orphan works is in its final stages. Following hearings in September and early October, the main parliamentary committee, the Education and Culture Committee, gave a positive opinion on the bill. The bill is set to become law on November 1, 2013.

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