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The WIPO “Young Experts Program” (YEP) aims to train the next generation of global IP leaders. Through this 2-year program, young and talented individuals will be groomed to not only understand the technical aspects of IP but also apply them in practice, to make an impact on a local and an international level. The training will take place in the WIPO headquarters in Geneva.

The HCO and the School of Law of the University of Athens, aiming at closer cooperation and strengthening the ties between the two institutions, proceeded on the 13.09.2022 to the signing of a Memorandum of Cooperation.

16.09.2022

The HCO has successfully completed the project RESPECT. RESPECT aimed to raise awareness among young people aged 15-24 of the harm caused by online piracy, to reduce the downloading of digital content from illegal sources and to encourage the use of legal alternatives.

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A RESPECT debate was held on 10 June on the theme "Online piracy: responsibility and response. Benefits for the creator and the user". The debate was organized by the Hellenic Copyright Organization (HCO) and ELSA Athens in the framework of the RESPECT programme of the European Union.

The HCO implements an EU project on the protection of copyright and related rights and the use of legal sources of content online.

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Through the European RESPECT project, we invite you to take part in a photo contest on Instagram. With your participation, apart from the chance to win subscriptions to Cosmote TV and NOVA, you will help to raise awareness about respect of copyright and related rights, thus supporting creators and artists.

The third edition of the IP Youth Scoreboard provides an update on the bahaviours of young people aged 15 to 24 across the European Union regarding IPR infringement.

The survey examines the two aspects of IP infringement: young people's trends in buying counterfeit goods and accessing pirated content, assessing trends every three years since 2016.

A RESPECT debate was held on 10 June on the theme "Online piracy: responsibility and response. Benefits for the creator and the user". The debate was organized by the Hellenic Copyright Organization (HCO) and ELSA Athens in the framework of the RESPECT programme of the European Union.

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On Wednesday 18th of May 2022, representatives of the HCO visited the Music School of Athens in response to the invitation of the school director Mr. Kapetanakis.

During the visit, the HCO lawyer, Mrs. M. Sinanidou, talked to the teachers of the school about the work of the HCO, the law of intellectual property and the importance of its respect, with particular emphasis on the field of lifelong learning but also on the digital environment.

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The topic for this year’s Intellectual Property Day (IP Day) by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is “IP and Youth: Innovating for a better future”.

The topic that the Hellenic Copyright Organization (HCO) has chosen for this year is “Youth and Protection of IP” and its aim is to encourage the use of legal sources for streaming and downloading of music, movies, TV series, sports events, books, etc. online.

On Thursday 14 April 2022, the HCO participated in a seminar for the kindergarten teachers of the Municipality of Fthiotida. The seminar took place at the Livanates Kindergarten and was organized after an invitation of the Head of the Livanates Kindergarten Ms. M. Tsiahri.

During the visit, the lawyer-scientific associate of the HCO, Mrs. Maria G. Sinanidou, talked to the kindergarten teachers about the work of the HCO, the importance of copyright protection as well as the avoidance of actions that infringe copyright with an emphasis on the digital environment.

The online public vote to select the winners of the World IP Day Video Competition is now open. You have until April 22 to cast your vote.

The competition has attracted entries from 63 countries. The World Intellectual Property Organization is inviting you to look at these entries and select the top ones.

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On Friday 18th March 2022, the HCO visited the 1st High School of Voula in response to the invitation of the school teacher Mrs. I. Gardiki.

During the visit, the HCO lawyer, Mrs. Eva Moustaka, talked to the teachers of the school about the work of the HCO, the importance of copyright protection as well as the avoidance of actions that infringe copyright with an emphasis on the digital environment. The event was attended by other schools’ teachers via Webex.

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Online copyright infringement in the European Union
Music, Films and TV (2017-2020), Trends and Drivers

According to an EUIPO study published in 2021, online piracy slows down but Europeans still access pirate content 6 times a month on average.