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The HCO’s educational programme “Copyright and Related Rights” received the approval of the Ministry of Education for the school year 2016-2017. For the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades of the primary school the programme can be implemented in the Flexible Zone. For the 5th and 6th grades, the programme can be implemented as part of the Social and Political Education and through the Cultural Activities. In all the grades there can be interdisciplinary implementation of the program.

The aim of this study is to provide an updated, improved assessment of the combined contribution to the economies of the EU from industries that make intensive use of the different types of intellectual property rights (IPR).

To view the study press here.

The short animated film that was created by RAPPASfilms productions with the support of the Hellenic Copyright Organization and the EUIPO has been completed and is now available in copyrightschool.gr.

Orpheus, the multi-talanted octopus has been sharing his art work with everyone. What happens though when nobody thinks about Orpheus' needs? Press here to find out!

From 5 to 7/9/2016 the HCO, representing Greece, participated in the 11th Session of the ACE (Advisory Committee on Enforcement) that was organized by WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) in Geneva.

From 5 to 7/9/2016 the HCO, representing Greece, participated in the 11th Session of the ACE (Advisory Committee on Enforcement) that was organized by WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) in Geneva. The HCO presented its actions, in relation to the promotion of the educational program “Copyright and Related Rights” in the primary and secondary education. The aim of the HCO’s actions is to raise awareness among teachers and pupils about the importance and the protection of copyright and related rights. .

In this report the Observatory focuses on the infringement of IP rights in the recorded music sector.

To view the full description and download the report click here.

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.