April 15, 2012 by Daithí Mac Síthigh
The current copyright statute in Ireland is the Copyright & Related Rights Act 2000. It was changed (a little) to bring Irish law into line with the EU Copyright Directive (2001), but not much has happened since. But following a promise in the coalition agreement after the 2011 general election, a Copyright Review Committee (chaired by Prof. Eoin O’Dell of Trinity College Dublin, who is writing about it on his blog, cearta.ie) was set up. That Committee has now published its discussion paper, ‘Copyright and Innovation’ (PDF here, online questionnaire here). In this blog post, I’ll explain a little about the review process and the contents of the paper.