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On April 1, the revision of the Federal Act on Copyright and Related Rights (Copyright Act, CopA) came into force. New provisions were introduced to combat online piracy, in particular for compelling providers of internet hosting services to take necessary measures to prevent content which infringe copyrights from being put back online after removal. The new law also allows the processing of data for criminal proceedings based on copyright infringement. In addition, photographs no longer need to have individual character to get protected. Finally, the protection of the works of performers is extended from 50 to 70 years from the performance, and the latter are now entitled to remuneration on their performances contained in an audio-visual work (including videos on demand), through collective rights management organisations. This legislative change follows the Directive (EU) 2019/790 which was adopted one year ago and has to be transposed into national laws of EU member states by 7 June 2021.


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