The copyright directive has not been implemented yet into Belgian law. As to the implementation process, the Belgian situation is rather intricate. As early as April 2001 (thus before the adoption of the directive), a bill coming from MP Mr Monfils (then member of the Deputy Chamber) aimed at transposing the European directive. Save for another parliament bill and a draft text coming from the ministry of Justice, that bill was the primary source for the implementation process until the legislative elections of 2003. After the elections, everything had to be started anew. On the 21st of January 2004, a new bill, pretty similar to the former one, has been reintroduced by the same MP, Mr Monfils (now a member of the Senate). At the same time, it is rumoured that the Ministry of the Economy intends to propose a bill for the transposition. But no text has been issued so far by the Ministry. Therefore, it is difficult to predict which will be the text that might actually implement the directive into Belgian law.
SÃ©verine Dusollier from the CRID (Centre of Research in Computer Law) from the
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