The Hellenic Copyright Organization (OPI) is a legal entity under private law, located in Athens (5, Metsovou Street) under the supervision of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. OPI was established according to art. 69 of Law 2121/1993 regarding «Copyright, related rights matters and cultural issues» (Official Gazette Α/25/1993) along with Presidential Decree 311/1994 (Official Gazette A/164/1994) art. 8 para. 13 and 14 of Law 2557/1997 (Official Gazette Α/217/1997), as well as art. 7 para. 13 of Law 2819/2000 (Official Gazette Α/84/2000). OPI is administered by a five-member Board of Directors.
Purposes of the Hellenic Copyright Organization
The main purpose of the Hellenic Copyright Organization is to protect the authors and rightholders of related rights; to take steps for the implementation of law 2121/1993 and the international conventions; to supervise the Collecting Societies and undertake law preparatory work on matters pertaining to copyright and related rights.
In the framework of its responsibilities, OPI deals with any issue in general that may be raised in the field of copyright and related rights and represents Greece before the competent international organizations, as well as the Instruments of the European Union. OPI organizes seminars for the purpose of training and informing judges, lawyers, administrative personnel, authors, rightholders of related rights and students on matters of copyright and related rights and also provides information on matters of copyright and related rights.