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PR(07)16: Norway fails to fully implement the Directive concerning resale right of authors


The EFTA Surveillance Authority today delivered a reasoned opinion to Norway due to its failure to fully implement the Directive concerning the resale right of authors (2001/84/EC). Norway was obliged to implement the Directive by 1 January 2006.

The aim of the Directive is to ensure that authors of graphic and plastic works share the economic benefit of their works of art. While authors of books and music benefit from the sales of copies of their work, the type of art covered by the Directive in question, e.g. paintings, sculptures, lithographs and ceramics, have a more exclusive character and the creator does not therefore benefit from successive exploitations of his work. With the resale right, a creator of graphic and plastic works receives a royalty of any resale of his work.

Norway has failed to implement Article 7 of the Directive, which obliges the EEA States to extend the resale right to nationals from outside the EEA, given that the other State in question provides resale right protection for authors from the EEA States.

The purpose of the reasoned opinion is to give Norway a last chance to take corrective measures before the Authority decides whether to bring the matter before the EFTA Court. Norway has been given two months to take the measures necessary to comply with the reasoned opinion.

For further information, please contact:

Mr. Hallgrímur Ásgeirsson
Director, Internal Market Affairs Directorate
Tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 60; or

Ms. Tuula Nieminen
Deputy Director, Internal Market Affairs Directorate
Tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 67

3 May 2007

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