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EU Copyright Directive: Breakthrough

Last night the Commission, the European Parliament and the Council finally agreed the text of the long-awaited draft Copyright Directive. This followed a breakthrough compromise on the liability of platforms for making available user-uploaded content (Article 13). See our earlier blog of yesterday. The next step will be a vote in the EU Parliament on

DSM Watch: Crunch time for the Copyright Directive

Debate on the shape of the draft Copyright Directive between the EU legislative institutions appears this week to be in the final stretch. One of the last bones of contention between the negotiators is the draft’s highly controversial Article 13. A recently leaked document (read it here) provided an insight into the negotiations and the

No Deal Brexit and Copyright – Part 2: Orphan Works

Towards the end of last year the UK government published draft legislation on copyright, which will come into force if there is a no-deal Brexit. We are publishing a series of blogs on the impact of the Copyright SI. In this blog we look at the impact on orphan works. Purpose of the Copyright SI

U.S. Music Modernization Act: Copyright law changes its tune

Over the years, tastes have shifted from bands like the Beatles and Led Zeppelin to more electronically-produced sounds. But no matter your opinion of Justin Bieber’s or Lady Gaga’s artistic chops, there’s no doubt music – and the industry that supports it – has evolved. And, as music changes, so must the laws and regulations

IPunkt – German language (Deutsch) IP newsletter

Our German network is delighted to provide IP news and updates in German language. Please click the link below to read the latest IPunkt edition. IPunkt – Deutsch (German language) German language IP news is also regularly published on our cross-practice DE blog

DSM Copyright Directive: a new leak reveals there is still a long way to go

The provisions of the Copyright Directive (COM(2016)593) are currently being discussed between the Council, the Parliament and the Commission in order to reach a compromise wording. Though these talks are generally strictly confidential, some working documents occasionally find their way out. Here is a summary of the lessons we can learn from the latest document

CJEU pokes holes in copyright protection for the taste of cheese

This week, the European Court of Justice (CJEU) ruled that the taste of cheese does not enjoy any copyright protection (C-310/17). Although this preliminary ruling procedure from the Netherlands may sound bizarre, the effects of the decision should not be underestimated: for the first time, the CJEU had to make a direct statement on the

Advocate General rejects copyright infringement in German Afghanistan Papers case

Can the Federal Republic of Germany invoke a copyright on military status reports? This is the key question currently before the European Court of Justice (CJEU) (Case Ref. C-469/17). But before the Court submits a ruling on the case, presumably in early spring 2019, Advocate General Maciej Szpunar published his Opinion on 25 October 2018.

EU Commission provides guidance on new Geo-Blocking Regulation

In the European Commission’s plan to create a unified Digital Single Market, the measures to promote e-Commerce are well ranked. A reason for that is the increasing impact that the digital world, and especially online shopping, is having on our lives. The Internet per se recognizes no border, and therefore artificial barriers may feel even

IPunkt – German language (Deutsch) IP newsletter

Our German network is delighted to provide IP news and updates in German language. Please click the link below to read the latest IPunkt edition. IPunkt – Deutsch (German language) German language IP news is also regularly published on our cross-practice DE blog

EU Copyright – Infringing the distribution right: AG includes warehousing of counterfeits

A Swedish preliminary ruling procedure is currently pending before the European Court of Justice (CJEU) and represents the latest in a run of rulings on the scope of the distribution right under Article 4 of the InfoSoc Directive. It focuses on the question of whether distribution can also be assumed if the infringing goods are

DSM Watch: EU copyright “Value Gap” – A video guide

The European Copyright Directive seeks to strike the right balance between the remuneration received by authors and performers, and the profits made by internet platforms when they make their works accessible. This difference is known as the value gap. Our 4 minute video summary covers the following points: What is it? What’s the issue? What about

Brexit and IP: impact of a no deal exit

On Monday the UK government published a series of notices on the impact of a no-deal Brexit on intellectual property right-holders. The notices are part of a series of notices the government has published recently setting out what would happen for key industries in the event of a no-deal Brexit and what industry should do

Provider liability: First YouTube, now “uploaded” – next case before the CJEU

Only two weeks ago, the Federal Court of Justice (BGH) referred various questions to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) concerning the liability of the video platform YouTube. There, the court’s queries focused on who is actually responsible for unlawfully uploaded content – just the uploader himself or the service provider as

German Court rules on Porsche design

The silhouette and outer appearance of the first Porsche is world famous. Up until today, we see the charismatic shaping mirrored in the current model series. It has been a remarkable and uncomparable success story ever since the first chief designer Erwin Komenda and his team worked out the initial Porsche design. Lately, Komenda’s heiress

German Federal Court of Justice submits copyright dispute over YouTube to CJEU

This week, copyright is all over the place. After the European Parliament voted on proposed copyright reform in Europe last Wednesday (12 September 2018), the long-awaited decision of the German Federal Court of Justice (BGH) on the question to what extent video platforms such as YouTube carry out their own acts of use, i.e. a

DSM Watch – New EU Copyright Directive: Parliament votes to retain controversial aspects

After weeks and weeks of debate and the failure to reach a parliamentary consensus in July, the European Parliament today paved the way towards the long-awaited start of the trilogue negotiations amongst the Parliament, the Council and the Commission. The copyright reform is therefore progressing, which is good news as such. However, it was once

New Copyright Directive: Tension rises in anticipation of European Parliament’s vote

Once again, the debate regarding the controversial DSM Copyright Directive is picking up steam. Next week, the European Parliament will liaise about the various amendments that will be tabled by a number of different groups of parliamentarians from various political backgrounds. As mentioned in our previous blogs and videos, on 5 July 2018, the European

Germany: No indirect liability for open Wifi

At the end of July, the German Federal Court handed down its judgment in a copyright case having huge impact for operators of open Wifi services. For the first time, the judges had to deal with Sec. 7 (4) and Sec. 8 (1) s. 2 of the German Telemedia Act (hereinafter “GTA“) as lately amended.

CJEU: Re-posting content is a “communication to the public”

Copying an image from a website and using it for one’s own purposes, e.g. the illustration of a memo which eventually happens to be uploaded to another website – this happens a hundred times every day. However, such conduct is a copyright infringement. This is the clear answer the Court of Justice of the European