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A & K Metaxopoulos & Partners Law Firm | 20 Sep 2021

Establishment and operation of CMOs in Greece

According to Law 4481/2017 on the collective management of copyright and related rights, "collective management organisations" (CMOs) are organisations that are authorised by law or by way of assignment, licence or any other contractual arrangement to manage copyright or related rights on behalf of more than one rights holder, for the collective benefit of those rights holders. This article......
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A & K Metaxopoulos & Partners Law Firm | Greece | 26 Jul 2021

Collective management of copyright and neighbouring rights in Greece

Under the Copyright Law, certain copyright and related rights are subject to mandatory collective management, meaning that they can be exercised only through a collective management organisation (CMO). However, there have been disputes in Greece regarding whether this means that CMOs are entitled to collect the equitable remuneration not only for their members but also for all other rights......
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A & K Metaxopoulos & Partners Law Firm | Greece | 19 Apr 2021

Rights in audiovisual works under Copyright Law

Pursuant to the Copyright Law, authors, artists, performers and producers who are involved in the creation of an audiovisual work are entitled to various rights relating to the broadcasting and reproduction of the work. This article explores the rights to which each party is entitled and the role of collective management organisations in the administration of such acts.
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A & K Metaxopoulos & Partners Law Firm | Greece | 15 Jan 2021

Cash rebate and tax relief for production of audiovisual works

In recent years there has been a remarkable effort to make Greece an attractive destination for the production of audiovisual works (eg, films, TV series and video games). The most important initiatives in this respect are the cash rebate state aid scheme, which covers 40% of eligible production costs, and the tax relief incentive, which covers 30% of eligible production costs.
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A & K Metaxopoulos & Partners Law Firm | Greece | 9 Nov 2020

New Trademark Law aligns Greek regime with that of European Union

In March 2020 Greece adopted a new Trademark Law in order to implement the EU Trademarks Directive into Greek law. By virtue of this new law, the Greek trademark regime is now largely similar to that of the European Union. The new Greek Trademark Law essentially follows EU Trademark Regulation (2017/1001), rendering the Greek legal system more familiar and friendly to foreign entities, many......
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A & K Metaxopoulos & Partners Law Firm | Greece | 24 Aug 2020

Journalism and copyright: range of damages awards for successful copyright claims

In copyright infringement cases, rights holders can claim both pecuniary and moral damages. According to Article 65(2) of Law 2121/1993 on Copyright, Related Rights and Cultural Matters, where an infringement was intentional or the result of negligence, the amount of damages (ie, compensation) cannot be lower than twice the remuneration that the infringer should have paid – under normal......
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A & K Metaxopoulos & Partners Law Firm | Greece | 10 Aug 2020

Journalism and copyright: other defences and exceptions to copyright claims

Defence strategies in copyright cases are, in principle, based on one of a number of grounds, including an objection as to whether a particular work falls under the protection of Law 2121/1993 on Copyright, Related Rights and Cultural Matters. For example, if a journalist sues a third party for copyright infringement, the defendant might claim that the journalist's work does not meet the......
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A & K Metaxopoulos & Partners Law Firm | Greece | 3 Aug 2020

Journalism and copyright: is there a defence similar to fair use or fair dealing?

Greek copyright law does not provide for a fair use or fair dealing defence. Nevertheless, Law 2121/1993 on Copyright, Related Rights and Cultural Matters (the Copyright Law) contains an exhaustive list of specific statutory exceptions and limitations on authors' economic rights. A copyrightable work can be legally used without prior authorisation or payment if said use is covered by a......
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A & K Metaxopoulos & Partners Law Firm | Greece | 27 Jul 2020

Journalism and copyright: what is protected by copyright law?

To constitute an original work of intellectual property and thus be protectable under the Copyright Law, a journalistic work must contain an element of individuality and personal contribution, particularly with regard to the selection, composition, elaboration and adaptation of its content. The form in which a journalistic work is presented to the public may also classify it under the......
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A & K Metaxopoulos & Partners Law Firm | Greece | 30 Mar 2020

Pirated goods – risks for everyone involved

Trading in pirated and counterfeit goods is widespread in many countries, including Greece. As such, the Trademark Law and the Copyright Law set out significant penalties (eg, long-term imprisonment) and high fines for anyone using, exploiting, putting on the market, selling, distributing or possessing with the intent to distribute to the public products that infringe the trademarks or......
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