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Tuesday, 15th July 2014

Europe: Action Plan on the Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights

Source: European Commission

On 1 July 2014 the Commission adopted a Communication on an Action Plan aiming at renewing the consensus on the enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights. With this Action Plan the Commission seeks to re-orientate its policy for intellectual property enforcement towards a better compliance of IP rights by all economic actors. Rather than penalising the citizen for infringing – often unknowingly – IP rights, the actions set out in this Action Plan pave the way towards a “follow the money approach”, seeking to deprive commercial scale infringers of the revenue flows that draw them into such activities.

+ Communication from the Commission

+ List of Actions (PDF; 265 KB)

+ Citizens' Summary (PDF; 305 KB)


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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

Adrian can be reached at adrian.janes@freepint.com

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