This new report entitled "Fair remuneration of audiovisual creators and performers in licensing agreements" by the European Audiovisual Observatory, examines how the EU Directive 2019/790 on copyright and related rights in the Digital Single Market (CDSM Directive) aims to strengthen the position of creators and performers of audiovisual works when they license their exclusive rights for the use of their works or performances.



This report centers on copyright infringements in the online environment and aims to provide an overview of various national approaches to criminalisation in EU Member States.

It presents the minimum standards for the criminalisation of copyright infringements set by major international treaties and introduces other relevant EU instruments that have helped to harmonise key aspects of copyright protection and enforcement at EU level.

Morealso, the report delves into national legislative and court practice and assesses how the elements of the crime set in international law are reflected in national legislation and interpreted by courts, highlighting similarities and differences in national approaches across Member States.

For the report visit here.



On Friday 19 January, 2024, the HCO held a seminar for the pupils of the 39th Primary School of Peristeri.


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The European Commission publishes the first comprehensive overview of the European video games sector analyzing economic, employment, regulatory, cultural and social dimensions of video games. The study with the title “Understanding the value of a European video games society” was commissioned by DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology (CNECT).

The Study discusses various facets of the sector, including the economic, employment, regulatory, cultural and social dimensions:

  • The video games industry is a significant economic sector. The EU27 video games market generated €23.48 billion of revenue in 2022.
  • Over half of the European population regularly play video games.
  • The sector employs around 74,000 people across 5,000 game development and publishing studios but faces challenges, including financial gaps, difficulties recruiting and finding the necessary skills.
  • Video games are complex products with a mix of technical (hardware and software) and creative elements. The study analyses the breadth of the regulatory framework applicable to the industry, as well as the social and cultural dimensions of video games.
  • It also presents nine recommendations for video games to thrive in Europe.

Find the study here.



Take part in the Youth Video Competition on the occasion of World Intellectual Property Day 2024.

In a short video, show us how creators can use intellectual property rights to make their dreams for a better world come true. Show how an inventor, creator, entrepreneur or a local community near you is shaping a better future for all through innovation, creativity and intellectual property rights.

Win prizes worth a total of 11,500 Swiss francs. You can submit your entry until 10 March 2024.

See more here.




The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) awards companies and individuals who excel in the field of intellectual property, making smart use of it for commercialization, while making a positive contribution to society through innovation and creativity.

The international competition, which is held annually, will accept applications from January 15 to March 31, 2024 and is open to SMEs and start-ups located in one of WIPO's 193 member states.

Finalists and winners receive international recognition and exposure through various platforms and are invited to attend the awards ceremony and other events in Geneva, Switzerland.

To register, select here.


On Friday 15 December 2023, students of the English-speaking LL.M. in International and European Legal Studies of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (EKPA) visited the offices of the HCO. The students were accompanied by Professor Ms. Paraskevi Paparseniou and Lawyer Ms. Pierrina Koriatopoulou.


On Wednesday, 13 December, 2023, the HCO held a seminar for the students of the second grade of the 5th High School of N. Ionia, Attiki.