|As usual, this
magazine provides news on legal developments in Europe in the fields of
broadcasting, cinema and new media.
Of particular importance is the presentation of a recent Green Paper of the Norwegian Ministry of Culture which proposes the introduction of a new Culture Act to increase the status of culture as an area of public responsibility. It also discusses possible constitutional protection of cultural matters in Norway, in order to confirm Norway's commitment to the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (for more, please see the full article on the Green Paper in the Observatory's Merlin Database).
Also to look out for: the articles presenting the European Commission's endorsements of the new British system of tax relief for film production based on cultural aspects, and of a new German film fund.
The supplement to this issue, Iris plus, presents an overview of new technologies which protect copyrighted contents on the Internet; under the title Digital Rights Management Systems (DRMs) : recent developments in Europe, it is available for download in PDF in English, French and German from the Observatory's website at this external link.
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