January 28, 2022

The Netherlands: “New Coalition to ‘Modernise’ Copyright Law”

From the Future of Copyright:

Yesterday, a new coalition agreement between Labour (PvdA) and the Liberal party (VVD) was presented in the Netherlands.


The agreement entails a fiercer stand against cybercrime, better protection of online privacy and an extension of the retention period for telecom data. In addition, the parties agreed upon ‘modernising copyright’ to protect the rights regarding creative works, without affecting the benefits consumers will have using these works. This provision remains rather vague, however, since the new coalition did not elaborate on how they plan to achieve this goal. A ban on downloading from an illegal source has not been included in the agreement, nor has the upcoming change in the Dutch private copying levy been addressed. In any event, the European treaty against online piracy, ACTA, will not have the support of the new cabinet.

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.