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Harmonising Anti-Circumvention Protection with Copyright Law

April 2009 - TMT ( Technology, Media & Telecoms). Legal Developments by Kluge Advokatfirma DA.

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Technological measures are increasingly used by rightholders in order to protect their intellectual property rights in digital content. The effect of such measures is to restrict the access to and the use of digital content, by associating pre-defined and self-executing usage rules with it. Within an increasing number of legislations, technological measures enjoy legal protection against circumvention. However, these new rules have been subject to rather severe criticism, especially from a copyright law point of view, the general claim being that anti-circumvention protection threatens to ruin the delicate balance of interests cast in the provisions of copyright law.

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Thomas Rieber-Mohn (Ph.D.) holds a Norwegian law degree (cand. jur.) from 1998 and a masters degree (LL.M.) from 2001 in intellectual property and information technology law. In 2009, he successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis on copyright law. Rieber-Mohn is a trained lawyer with experience from several large Norwegian law firms.

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