[Foundation-l] UMP Convention

Andrew Gray shimgray at gmail.com
Fri Oct 6 17:52:55 UTC 2006

(apologies to Andre, who gets this twice)

> Actually, Dutch law already has such a provision: Dutch government
> materials are copyrighted only when copyright is explicitly claimed.
> From the English translation of Dutch copyright law
> (http://www.ivir.nl/legislation/nl/copyrightact.html):
> The further communication to the public or reproduction of a literary,
> scientific or artistic work communicated to the public by or on behalf
> of the public authorities shall not be deemed an infringement of the
> copyright in such a work, unless the copyright has been explicitly
> reserved, either in a general manner by law, decree or ordinance, or
> in a specific case by a notice on the work itself or at the
> communication to the public. Even if no such reservation has been
> made, the author shall retain the exclusive right to have appear in
> the form of a collection his works which have been communicated to the
> public by or on behalf of the public authorities.
> Problem now is how to get those materials...

This is very interesting, though I'm a bit confused about how the last
sentence works - I suspect the translator's understanding of
"exclusive right" and mine differ.

Do you know how it works in practice?

- Andrew Gray
  andrew.gray at dunelm.org.uk

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