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Cultural thieves

Norway lacks a literature policy for digital texts that can protect the authors' working conditions.

Required by: Hans Marius Graasvold Legal Advisor in NFF, hmg@advokatredet.no

and Kjell Lars Berge, chair of the Norwegian non-fiction author and translator association (NFF)

[chronicle] The point at all that questions about the value of copyright are at all due to dramatic changes in the technological framework conditions for the production and publishing of text, images and music.

The development has led several debaters in Norwegian society to believe that statements on the Internet cannot be covered by traditional copyright legislation. Some claim that copyright contributes to fencing the knowledge community (Tage Wester and Sebastian Gjerding, Ny Tid 12 January 2007). Such views have not only been asserted by individuals on the fringes of the Norwegian public, but also by some political youth organizations and leading parties in the Storting.

Goodbye to copyright? Led by Trond Giske, a majority in the Storting claimed during the consideration of the Copyright Act in the spring of 2005 that authors who had chosen to publish their texts on the Internet had to accept that the texts were made the subject of free use in the public sector. As Minister of Culture, Giske is now an advocate for a completely different view. Central user groups such as the Central Association of Local Authorities now accept that the most important part of the internet printouts must be paid for. . .

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