French law n°2015-195 of 20 February 2015, transposing EU law on aspects of intellectual property and cultural heritage (“Law of 20 February 2015”), is part of an effort to strengthen the protection and promotion of French and European cultural heritages, in particular in terms of related rights.

Transposition of Directive 2011/77/EU

The amendments made to Article L.211-4 of the French Intellectual Property Code, on the term of protection of related rights, are the most remarkable contributions of the Law of 20 February 2015.

Related rights apply to certain categories of people who are not authors but whose creative contribution to a work justifies the granting of protection. Related rights apply to (1) performers, (2) producers of phonograms and videograms, namely any natural or legal person who first provided the fixation of a sound or image sequence protected by a copyright and (3) broadcasting companies.

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