Each year, on the 26th of April the Intellectual Property day is celebrated with regard to promoting the dialogue about the role of intellectual property in the development of innovation and creativity.


The European Parliament published a Report on private copying levies (2013/2114(INI)) by the Committee on Legal Affairs on its website.

The Ministry of Culture and Sports and the Hellenic Copyright Organization in light of the Hellenic Presidency of the EU are organizing an international conference with the title "Copyright and the Digital Agenda for Europe: Current Regulations and Challenges for the Future"


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The International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) is a non - profit non - governmental organisation which represents, in over a hundred countries, collecting societies managi ng copyright relating to, inter alia, musical works.


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On 10 December 2012, the Council adopted a Resolution endorsing the EU Customs Action Plan to combat intellectual property rights infringements for the period 2013-2017. The Action Plan aims to increase customs cooperation at the EU’s external borders to combat infringements, and lays down as strategic objectives the effective implementation and monitoring of EU legislation on customs enforcement of IPR; tackling trade of IPR infringing goods throughout the entire supply chain; tackling major IPR infringement trends; and strengthening cooperation with the European Observatory on infringements of IPR and law enforcement authorities.


UNESCO, the Hellenic Ministry for Education and Religious Affairs, Culture and Sports and the Hellenic Copyright Organization are organizing an International Conference on “National Policies of Partnership on Copyright Enforcement on the Internet from Rightholders and Internet Service Providers”. The Conference will take place on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th September 2012 at the New Acropolis Museum (Athens, Greece).


The European Commission has a new webpage concerning how IPR holders can protect their rights by asking customs to detain goods found to be suspected of infringing IPR. Customs are in fact easy and efficient tools to identify and stop infringements.


In times of difficulty it is important not to forget the role that is played by art and the people who live by it. Crisis in art means crisis in culture.