The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), through the European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights (Observatory), has recently published the Summary Report: Consumers’ Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Copyright.  28 national copyright experts, in coordination with the competent authorities in the respective Member State, provided answers to the 15 FAQs. The Summary Report provides a horizontal synthesis of these answers, and highlights relevant differences between national laws.

The 15 questions are phrased from the consumer’s perspective and the answers provide consumer-friendly information about what is legal and what is not as far as the usage of copyright and related rights-protected content on the internet is concerned. Indeed, they address practical issues concerning copyright that average internet users may face when they want to use works protected by copyright made available online, or when they become creators themselves.

The FAQs and the answers for all twenty-eight EU Member States are available on the Observatory’s website. The respective status date of the answers is indicated for each country.

The Summary Report can be consulted here.