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The 2008 revision of the Federal Copyright Act

To ensure adequate copyright protection in the digital age, the Federal Copyright Act was revised effective 1 July 2008.

The most important changes for rightholders and users of works and services protected by copyright were:


  • Like authors, performing artists, producers and broadcasting companies are now also entitled to decide whether and in what form their works and services are made available online.
  • Technical measures to prevent unauthorised use of works (copy controls, access restrictions) cannot be circumvented – except for private copying for own use.
  • It is now easier to acquire rights to orphan works and works in the archives of broadcasting companies.
  • Libraries and archives are allowed to make copies of works for conservation purposes.
  • Facilitated access to works and services for persons with sensory impairments.






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