[Foundation-l] UMP Convention

Garion96 garion96 at gmail.com
Sat Oct 7 00:46:04 UTC 2006

On 10/6/06, Andrew Gray <shimgray at gmail.com> wrote:
> (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?

It's been a while since I read the journals on that article, so I don't
remember the details, but the consensus seemed to be that even with that new
article (and other articles following from a EU directive) the release of
Dutch government information won't increase.


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