EU pressure forces change in Irish intellectual property laws

RTE reports on how the proposed changes in the public lending right payments system will affect public libraries, but as Irish author Philip Casey points out on his blog “The cheque will hardly be worth collecting for 99% of authors”. He suggests that the Artists’ Resale Right payments system, and the commitment to enforce intellectual property rights [details at the DETE site], will have a greater impact. The Irish Examiner seems to agree – “The plans will include greater protection against counterfeiting and piracy and will also provide for extra payments to artists whose work is sold on by future owners.”

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