On 17 June 2005, the Norwegian Parliament passed the Act implementing the EU Copyright Directive into Norwegian law. The implementation was carried out through several amendments to the Norwegian Copyright Act of 1961. The new Sect. 53a of the Act provides legal protection of applied technological measures, as required by Article 6 of the Directive, in the form of a prohibition against circumvention and certain circumvention-related acts. At the overall level, the Norwegian legislator has intended to maintain the pre-existing balance between rightholders and users, and the approach chosen as to the implementation Article 6 contains some rather innovative elements that go far in protecting user interests.
Thomas Rieber-Mohn (Norwegian Research Center for Computers and Law, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo)