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EU Amendements in reports know-how protection and IPR enforcement

Amendments 38 - 171 draft report on Protection of undisclosed know-how and business information (trade
secrets) against their unlawful acquisition, use and disclosure

TO DELETE/AMEND: (a) for making legitimate use of the right to freedom of expression and information;
Justification 1: It seems that this exception, which we cannot concur with, became even wider with the addition.
Justification 2: The directive neither amends nor increases the scope of the protection of fundamental rights - such as the right to freedom of expression or freedom of information. This paragraph is therefore unnecessary.
Justification 3: The word 'legitimate' could lead to a narrow and restrictive interpretation of the principle of right to freedom of expression. The scope of the directive is not to limit the right to freedom of expression. Such limitation should be considered only in very exceptional circumstances (defamation, hate speech, etc.) and is out of the remit of this proposal.

TO ADD NEW Article 4 par 2 ba: (ba) decompilation, reverse engineering and performing acts necessary to observe,
study or test the functioning of computer programs permitted by Directive 2009/24/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council

Justification: The provision clarifies that trade secret protections do not override the rights under 2009/24/EC software copyright. Computer programs as „services“ do not qualify as „products“ or „objects“ under the existing Article 4(1) b. As a recital to directive 2009/24/EC explains „A person having a right to use a computer program should not be prevented from performing acts necessary to observe, study or test the functioning of the program, provided that those acts do not infringe the copyright in the program.".

Amendments 172 - 339, draft report on Protection of undisclosed know-how and business information (trade secrets) against their unlawful acquisition, use and disclosure

Amendments 1 - 124 draft report Towards a renewed consensus on the enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights: An EU Action Plan