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No Truth to Reports of Imminent Changes to Irish Copyright Law Says Minister

PRACTICE AREA GROUP: Technology and Innovation, Intellectual Property
DATE: 25.02.2011

In response to increasing media reports that the Irish Government were planning to introduce a Statutory Instrument to amend the Irish Copyright and Related Rights Act 2000 before the current administration’s term of office ends (March 9), Irish Department of Enterprise, Trade & Innovation Minister, Mary Hanafin TD, is reported to have confirmed that there is “no truth” to these claims.

According to the Irish Times, Minister Hanafin has stated that her Department’s discussions with the Attorney General’s Office and the Department of Communications, Energy & Natural Resources to address the issues raised with regard to Ireland’s compliance with the EU Copyright Directive are not yet complete, and that it would be normal practice for her Department to consult relevant stakeholders in advance of legislation being enacted.  According to the Irish Times, she expects that this consultation will take place when the Department and the new Minister (Ireland goes to the polls this week to elect a new government) have a clearer view of the best way forward on the issue.

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