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Austria: Copyright 2009

Getting the deal through - Copyright, 2009
1. Januar 2009

Legislation and enforcement

1. What is the relevant legislation?
The Austrian Copyright Act in the current version of the federal gazette I No. 81/2006.

2. Who enforces it?
Civil and criminal courtns, depending on the particular claim involved.


3. Is there a centralised copyright agency? What does this agency do?

Subject matter and scope of copyright

4. What types of works are copyrightable?
Under the Copyright Act works are defined as intellectual creations in the area of literature, musical art, visual art and cinema. Works of literature also include computer programs. Additionally, photos, audio records, broadcasts and databases may enjoy a restricted copyright protection, even if they do not qualify as works as defined in the Copyright Act due to lack of peculiarity.

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