Copyright and Other Intellectual Property Law Provisions Act 2019

The Copyright and Other Intellectual Property Law Provisions Act 2019 (No 19 of 2019) was signed into law by President Higgins on 26th June 2019.

The Act amends the Copyright and Related Rights Act 2000 to take account of certain recommendations of the ‘Modernising Copyright’ report published by the Copyright Review Committee in 2013. The Act makes better provision for copyright and other intellectual property (IP) protection in the digital era and enables rightholders to better enforce their IP rights in the courts. It also includes provisions to take account of certain copyright exceptions permitted by Directive 2001/29/EC on the harmonisation of certain aspects of copyright and related rights in the information society.

 While the Act has been signed into law it is not yet commenced. Commencement Orders to bring the legislation into effect are required and will be drafted in the coming weeks. Once the Orders have been finalised, and signed by the Minister, they will be made available on this page for information.

You can review the Bill’s passage through the Houses of the Oireachtas, which includes transcripts of all debates, on their website.

Related press releases

8 July 2019: Minister Halligan welcomes the signing into law of the Copyright and Other Intellectual Property Law Provisions Act 2019 on 26 June

13 March 2018: Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation drafts new Copyright Bill to modernise copyright for the digital age


The Report of the Copyright Review Committee entitled “Modernising Copyright” was published in October 2013. The Committee was tasked with identifying any barriers to innovation in the digital environment, and developing proposals for reducing any barriers in order to p...

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