Monday, January 24, 2005

Copyright Law comes before House today

• Port Authority to come into effect

House of Assembly will be meeting this afternoon when a total of ten bills will be going through the various parliamentary stages. During the session a series of EU directives on the legal protection of intellectual property and copyright will be transposed into local legislation. The scope of this law covers computer programmes and databases and is also applicable to satellite broadcasting and cable retransmission.

It is also envisaged that an Ordinance to establish the Gibraltar Port Authority will be approved with the transfer of certain functions and activities of the Port Department from the Gibraltar Government to the authority.

Further laws relating to immigration control, the recognition of professional qualifications for citizens from the new EU member states, amendment to the Traffic Ordinance and the regulation of the sale of pet animals will also be presented to the House.

The session starts at 2.30pm.

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