Copyright in Finland
Copyright protects and promotes intellectual creation in its different forms. By recognising the right of individuals to control the use of their works, society encourages creativity and promotes the production and distribution of immaterial products as well as investment and trade in them. The protection of cultural commodities and their accessibility underpins national culture and social development.
Altogether 1.4 million Finns copy music, movies and TV-programs for private use
Marrakesh Treaty entered into force
More than 75 WIPO member states have signed the Treaty, which was adopted on June 27, 2013 at a diplomatic conference organized by WIPO and hosted by the Kingdom of Morocco in Marrakesh. For the Treaty to enter into force, twenty ratifications or accessions were required. So far, 22 countries have joined the pact. Read more
Historic Treaty For Visually Impaired Adopted
|Negotiators Work to Align Different Language Versions of Treaty for Visually Impaired.
© WIPO 2013. Photo: Emmanuel Berrod.
The treaty is the culmination of years of work on improving access for the blind, visually impaired, and print disabled to published works in formats such as Braille, large print text and audio books. The treaty is to be signed by national delegations on Friday June 28th. It will enter into force after it has been ratified by 20 WIPO members that agree to be bound by its provisions.
In Finland, copyright is governed by national legislation, EU directives and international conventions. The Copyright Act protects works of Finnish origin, whereas works of foreign origin are protected under international treaties.
The Finnish Copyright Act came into force in 1961 and has been updated several times since
then. In 2005 Finnish copyright legislation was amended to meet the demands of the digital
environment and the internet.
IPR adminstration in Finland
Intellectual property rights (IPRs) have generally been divided into two main areas: industrial property rights and copyright.
In Finland, the Ministry of Education and Culture deals with matters relating to copyright
issues, development of copyright legislation and negotiations concerning international
Industrial property rights, such as patents and trade marks, come under the Ministry of Employment and the Economy.
Copyright organisations in Finland