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Copyright in Finland

Copyright protects and promotes intellectual creation in its different forms. By recognising the right of individuals to control the use of their works, society encourages creativity and promotes the production and distribution of immaterial products as well as investment and trade in them. The protection of cultural commodities and their accessibility underpins national culture and social development.

Historic Treaty For Visually Impaired Adopted

Negotiators Work to Align Different Language Versions of Treaty for Visually Impaired.

© WIPO 2013. Photo: Emmanuel Berrod.
International negotiators meeting under the auspices of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) adopted a landmark new treaty that boosts access to books for the benefit of hundreds of millions of people who are blind, visually impaired and print-disabled.

The treaty is the culmination of years of work on improving access for the blind, visually impaired, and print disabled to published works in formats such as Braille, large print text and audio books. The treaty is to be signed by national delegations on Friday June 28th. It will enter into force after it has been ratified by 20 WIPO members that agree to be bound by its provisions.
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WIPO Advances Toward Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works by Persons with Print Disabilities

Meeting in extraordinary session, the WIPO General Assembly took a landmark decision today to convene a diplomatic conference in 2013 to complete negotiations on a pact to improve access to copyrighted works for the many visually impaired and people with print disabilities around the world. The General Assembly also expressed gratitude to Morocco for its offer to host the diplomatic conference. Read more

Copyright legislation

In Finland, copyright is governed by national legislation, EU directives and international conventions. The Copyright Act protects works of Finnish origin, whereas works of foreign origin are protected under international treaties.

The Finnish Copyright Act came into force in 1961 and has been updated several times since then.  In 2005 Finnish copyright legislation was amended to meet the demands of the digital environment and the internet.

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IPR adminstration in Finland

Intellectual property rights (IPRs) have generally been divided into two main areas: industrial property rights and copyright.

In Finland, the Ministry of Education and Culture deals with matters relating to copyright issues, development of copyright legislation and negotiations concerning international copyright treaties.

Industrial property rights, such as patents and trade marks, come under the Ministry of Employment and the Economy.

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Copyright organisations in Finland

Finnish copyright organisations administer and supervise the rights of copyright holders and neighbouring rights holders. The organisations, for example, authorise the use of protected materials, collect the remuneration and distribute it to the right holders.
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