EUIPO: Derivative Use of Public Domain Content - Film Industry Focus

New digital technologies and business models not only create new economic opportunities for firms but also possibilities to enhance the general public benefits associated with better access to knowledge and cultural goods. Many of these opportunities rely on the creative transformation of existing content and devising ways of delivery that are better suited to contemporary audiences.

Derivative usage of pre-existing content is shaped by copyright provisions regulating the way authors of original content and their heirs are compensated by follow-on creators. Copyright regulations, however, also allow uses that do not require such compensation or permission either by listing exceptions from the general rules of copyright protection or by limiting its temporal scope.

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Latest update 01.06.2017