Revision to copyright law

A more rigorous fight against internet piracy – this is the main objective of the revision to the Copyright Act. At the same time, it upholds the principle that consumers of illegal offers are not to be criminalised. In addition, copyright is to be adapted to technological developments to enable the best use of the new opportunities offered by digitalisation. The Federal Council approved the corresponding legislative draft and the dispatch for submission to Parliament on 22 November 2017. The draft act is based on a compromise which takes into account the partially conflicting interests of all parties involved in a balanced manner.


Adapting copyright law to the age of the internet

The internet has significantly changed how society deals with culture. Films, music, novels, historical photographs and books – from current to long gone – almost everything is now available online. Many of these offers are legal but others are not. One of the aims of the anti-piracy measures is to protect artists, and the music and film industries from the illegal use of their work online.


Digitalisation has two sides to the coin. On the one hand, it presents major challenges to creative artists and the culture industry; on the other, it provides completely new opportunities for dealing with culture and knowledge. For example, films and programmes are no longer obtained from the video store, but instead in digital format via online platforms (video on demand) where they can be viewed directly via streaming or downloaded for viewing later. Therefore copyright law is to be adapted to technological developments with various reforms.


Consultation on the revision of copyright law


Goals and the most important reforms in the revision of copyright


Green light for the revision of copyright law and AGUR12