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The Industrial Property Organization and the Hellenic Copyright Organization in cooperation with the European Commission organize a conference with the title “The Single Market Strategy-Aspects relating to Intellectual Property” in the premises of the Industrial Property Organization in Marousi on February the 29th, 2016. The conference is addressed to lawyers, innovation consultants for the media, entrepreneurs and the research and scientific community. The conference aims to inform the national authorities and the industrial sector about the initiatives, the objectives, the timetable and the intended results according to the strategy for the Common Market.

The first EU-wide interactive website dedicated to young people and Intellectual Property is launched today. The Ideas Powered site (www.ideaspowered.eu) is supported by the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM), the EU’s largest intellectual property agency, acting through the European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights.

The site brings together contributions from young designers, composers, entrepreneurs and artists from all across the EU to show how IP underpins and supports innovation and creativity. Ideas Powered website also includes a video competition which invites young people to submit their views on how Intellectual Property matters to them.

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contestThe Hellenic Copyright Organization, under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture, Education and Religious Affairs, organizes a PanHellenic Contest with the title "Copyright" in order to celebrate the World Intellectual Property Day (IP DAY), 26th April 2015.

Teachers and students of the fifth and sixth grade of Elementary Schools are eligible for the contest. The objective is to raise awareness among students about copyright and related rights.

The contest targets school teachers who will create and materialize in the classroom the most original project in the framework of the educational program about copyright and related rights. Such projects could include works of literature, songs, the designing of a poster, a photograph, the writing of a play, a video clip etc that will promote the importance of copyright. The designing and implementation of the project can be undertaken by one or more teachers. The deadline for submission of the projects will be the 26th of March 2015.

The evaluation of the submissions will be done by a committee, introduced by the Hellenic Copyright Organization for that purpose.

The presentation of award winning projects will take place in a special venue. Details about the procedure will be published shortly in the web site of the Hellenic Copyright Organization. You can submit your application to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by post to "Hellenic Copyright Organization, 5 Metsovou str., 106 82, Athens, Greece". For more information please visit www.opi.gr or contact Ms. Eva Kokkinou (0030 213 2147800), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The EU Observatory announced that the Orphan Works database is available online. The database can be accessed here.

The Orphan Works database provides public access to information about orphan works that are contained in the collections of publicly accessible libraries, educational establishments and museums, as well as archives, film or audio heritage institutions and public-service broadcasting organisations established in the Member States.

Information related to orphan works is recorded in the database in accordance with Article 3(6) of the Directive 2012/28/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 October 2012 on certain permitted uses of orphan works.

The European Union signed today in Geneva the Marrakesh Treaty. The Treaty will facilitate access to published works for persons who are blind, visually impaired or otherwise print disabled. It had been negotiated in the framework of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Negotiations concluded on 28 June 2013 in Marrakesh. Since then fifty-one states have signed the Treaty, including four EU Member States.

ipDay 2014

Each year, on the 26th of April the Intellectual Property day is celebrated with regard to promoting the dialogue about the role of intellectual property in the development of innovation and creativity.

In the year 2014 the central theme of the celebration is the aspect of movies as a global passion.

If you wish to find out more about both copyright and the Intellectual Property day visit the following link.

The European Parliament published a Report on private copying levies (2013/2114(INI)) by the Committee on Legal Affairs on its website. 

The Ministry of Culture and Sports and the Hellenic Copyright Organization in light of the Hellenic Presidency of the EU are organizing an international conference with the title "Copyright and the Digital Agenda for Europe: Current Regulations and Challenges for the Future"