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    European Court of Justice Clarification of the Research and Private Study Exception to Copyright Infringement for Libraries

    Library blog - September 26, 2014

    On Thursday 11 September 2014, the European Court of Justice ruled on the meaning of the research and private study exception to copyright infringement for libraries, educational establishments, museums and archives. The Court decided that libraries are allowed to digitise books and make them available to the public at e-reading points within its vicinity, without the author’s permission. The judgment was issued in Case C-117/13, Technische Universität Darmstadt v Eugen Ulmer KG.

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  • Uganda: 5 Years on, No Justice for Protest Killings

    Library blog - September 10, 2014

    (Kampala, September 10, 2014) – Uganda’s authorities have never investigated killings by security forces during two days of rioting in September 2009 that left at least 40 people dead. Despite numerous promises to investigate over the past five years, no police or military members have been held accountable for the killings. Source: Human Rights Watch

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  • International Courts and Tribunals visit South Africa for ‘Dialogues on Peace and Justice’

    Library blog - September 8, 2014

    Presidents, Judges, and Secretaries-General from five The Hague-based international legal institutions will visit South Africa on 8, 9 and 10 September to participate in the Embassy’s “Dialogues on Peace and Justice”. The Delegation will participate in panel discussions, round table discussions and networking receptions, as well as visits to various government officials, and the Constitutional […]

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  • Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (New York, 18 December 1979)

    The Rights of Women and Elimination of Discrimination

    Library blog - July 11, 2014

    On Monday the 18th of August 2014 the Centre for Studies and Research in International Law and International Relations will start. The Centre is a programme of The Hague Academy for International Law. Each year the Academy proposes a different research programme. This year’s programme is the Rights of Women and Elimination of Discrimination and the main focus will be on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the key international agreement on women’s human rights.

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    ECJ Judgment: Private Copying Levy Cannot Include Copies Made from Unlawful Sources!

    Library blog - April 25, 2014

    The European Court of Justice has been pretty busy the past weeks. On Tuesday, April 8th 2014, the Court has declared the Data Retention Directive invalid from the date on which the directive entered into force. On Thursday, April 10th 2014, the Court has given its verdict on a complicated Dutch case involving the home-copying exception of European copyright legislation, and the associated use of copyright levies on blank media.

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  • Protection of Olympic Properties

    Protection of Olympic Properties

    Library blog - February 14, 2014

    During the 2014 Olympic opening ceremony in Sochi, the World could witness the familiar Olympic symbols again: the torche, the flag, the rings and the mascots: three giant, stuffed-animal-like Sochi mascots, featuring a polar bear, a leopard and a hare. All three of these animals are indigenous to the country. These Olympic symbols, logos and mascots are very popular and therefore subject of plagiarism and corruption.

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  • Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)

    Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)

    Library blog - December 6, 2013

    Former South African President Nelson Mandela (Madiba) passed away on Thursday December 5, 2013, at age of 95, after a long illness at his home in Johannesburg. “I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons will live together in harmony with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for, and to see realised. But my Lord, if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”

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  • Protecting Children from Cybercrime: Online Child Grooming

    Protecting Children from Cybercrime: Online Child Grooming

    Library blog - October 11, 2013

    In the Netherlands a massive case of internet child abuse has been reveiled this week. A 48 year old man has been arrested and is suspected of online child grooming and sexually abusing hundreds of girls. At least 11 girls stated they have had a meeting with the man and were sexually abused by him. The Dutch police has found 26.000 videos and 144.000 photographs during a raid on his house. The man has been active for eight years. What is online child grooming and what is the International and European policy on combating this form of cyber crime and internet abuse?

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  • You’ve been Framed: Hyperlinking and European Copyright Law

    You’ve been Framed: Hyperlinking and European Copyright Law

    Library blog - July 12, 2013

    One of the central features of the internet is the ability for each webpage to offer connections to other webpages in a click of a button. However in the copyright world there has been much discussion about website operators infringing copyright in a work by providing a link to another website containing that work. Can hyperlinking be a copyright infringement? What kind of linking is a communication to the public and the making of an authorized copy? In this blog I will discuss this issue in a European perspective with references to some recent cases of the European Court of Justice but first let me explain to you in short the relevant forms of hyperlinking.

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  • Falkland Islands: 'Desire the Right' of Self-Autonomy

    Falkland Islands: ‘Desire the Right’ of Self-Autonomy

    Library blog - March 15, 2013

    Monday 12 March 2013 was marked as the final day of a two-day referendum on the disputed Falkland Islands. The question to the voters was: “Do you wish the Falkland Islands to retain their current political status as an Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom?” The Residents of the Falkland Islands voted overwhelmingly to remain a British Overseas Territory. More than 99% of voters said yes, just three people voted no. Turnout was 92%. The referendum was held in an effort to fend off aggressive Argentinian claims over the South Atlantic islands.

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