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Coalition in last ditch attempt to change copyright bill

Canada, 7 March 2012 - An unprecedented coalition of 68 Canadian groups, including artists, performers, writers, composers, musicians and publishers is making one last effort to bring changes to the proposed copyright bill C-11 by appealing to the legislative committe

European Commission refers ACTA to Europe's highest court

Brussels, 22 February 2012 – The European Court of Justice, has been asked to determine the legality of the ACTA agreement, EU Trade Commissioner Karel de Gucht has announced.  “We are planning to ask Europe's highest court to assess whether ACTA is incompatible — in

VAT for Cultural Products

ICMP believes that music disks and online music should be eligible to benefit from a reduced rate of Value Added Tax under the EU VAT Directive, in line with the reduced rate currently available for other cultural products.

Copyright in the developing world

ICMP supports WIPO’s Development Agenda which is committed to improving the capacity of developing countries to benefit from the knowledge economy.  ICMP Members create and do business in developing countries as well as developed economies and have both a strong interest and extensive experience

Net Neutrality

Network Neutrality can be summarised as the principle that all internet traffic should be treated equally.

Internet Theft

Mass online theft diminishes the ability of songwriters and composers to make a living and undermines the incentive to create new works and invest in innovation.

Exceptions and Limitations to Copyright and WIPO

ICMP believes that the three-step test for exceptions and limitations to copyright protection provides sufficient flexibility to allow individual countries to determine their own policies, adapt to technological developments and provide access solutions in the digital environment.

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