Update of the French law related to private copy

On 29 November 2011, the French Assembly approved the text 776.  On 20 Dec ember 2011, the French Senate approved the “LOI n° 2011-1898 du 20 décembre 2011 relative à la rémunération pour copie privée (1)”.  This law fixes the current law about private copy.


The most interesting part is in article 1.  

… le mot : « réalisées » est remplacé par les mots : « réalisée à partir d’une source licite »

It states that a private copy has to be done from a lawful source.  This was not the case for the previous version.  The main point for the private copy was that its use should be personal.  this modification closes a nice hole.  Interestingly, the source has to be lawful, but not necessarily yours.  This opens some interesting possibilities, for instance for public libraries that have lawful sources.  See the French post: Copie privée et licéité de la source : des conséquences inattendues pour les bibliothèques ?

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