EU takes action against France on copyright law

13th July 2005, Comments 0 comments

BRUSSELS, July 13 (AFP) - The European Union's executive commission said Wednesday it is taking legal action against France, Spain, Finland and the Czech Republic for their failure to implement EU copyright law.

BRUSSELS, July 13 (AFP) - The European Union's executive commission said Wednesday it is taking legal action against France, Spain, Finland and the Czech Republic for their failure to implement EU copyright law.

All member states were supposed to implement the EU's 2001 copyright law before December 22, 2002.

In the case of France and Finland, the EU's highest court -- the European Court of Justice -- has already ruled that they must implement the law. These member states face fines if they do not comply with the judgements of the court.

The Czech Republic had received a first warning while Spain had been sent an "informal letter" about how it aimed to comply with a previous ruling from the court about its failure to implement the directive.

The commission said the 2001 directive is "an essential plank in updating EU copyright law and providing an adequate level of copyright protection for authors and other right-holders in the digital environment."

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