The Monitoring Office for Technological Measures (OTM) is the specialist authority of the federal government for determining the effects of technological measures such as access control or copy barriers when using copyrighted content (music, films, etc.). A copy barrier can, for example, prevent an audio book from being saved on an MP3 device.
The task of the OTM is to assess whether the use of technological measures unjustifiably impedes the use of works expressly authorised by law. In the event of a specific case, a mutually agreeable solution will be developed in cooperation with the parties involved.
The OTM is currently evaluating country restrictions which impede the cross-border portability of copyrighted content. Such technological measures make it impossible for Swiss users to access subscribed online services abroad.
Monitoring Office for Technological Measures
Telephone +41 31 377 72 59
- Media release in German "Beobachtungsstelle für technische Massnahmen wird ins IGE überführt" (PDF)
- Media release in French: "Transfer de l'Observatoire des mesures techniques à l'IPI" (PDF)
- Media release in Italian: "L'Osservatorio dei provvedimenti tecnici sarà accorpato all'Istituto federale della prorietà intellettuale" (PDF)
Roundtable on the protection of computer-implemented inventions