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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

A second market for “used” e-books – CJEU will decide

Ever since the European Court of Justice (CJEU) in its highly regarded UsedSoft ruling declared the resale of “used” software admissible (dated 3 July 2012, C-128/11), the discussion has persistently centered around the question whether the idea of the so-called exhaustion, upon which UsedSoft is essentially based, could or should be extended to other digital

DSM Watch: The new copyright directive – What will happen to the liability privilege of platforms?

Since the first proposals for amendments to the European Commission’s draft copyright directive were leaked earlier this month, we have seen quite some discussion on what the Digital Single Market will bring about. The leaked report was drafted by the European Parliament’s Committee on Legal Affairs. MEP Therese Comodini Cachia takes responsibility over the subject.

Europe: IP Enforcement round-up

Over the last quarter, we have published 12 summaries of key IP enforcement developments, including 4 v-logs. This roundup outlines each commentary with a link to the full post, giving you the chance to catch up on any news you missed as 2016 comes to a close. IP Enforcement Focus is our series of written, video and audio

CJEU: Exceptions of InfoSoc do not cover out-of-commerce works

Is it permitted to reproduce out-of-commerce works and make them publicly accessible under European copyright exceptions? So far, there is no explicit regulation at European level dealing with out-of-commerce works. However, a few member states, including Germany, have already complemented their copyright by way of introduction of new provisions governing the use that one can

Germany: YouTube and GEMA reach a licensing agreement on music videos

For years, a great number of music videos generally available on YouTube have been blocked in Germany. The standard message Internet users could read was “This video is not available in Germany“. Those days belong to the past since earlier this week, as a long-lasting dispute between the German collecting society GEMA and YouTube has been

CJEU: Advocate General comments on radio and TV in hotel rooms

Guests entering hotel rooms expect to be able to turn on the TV or listen to the radio. Accordingly, TVs and radios feature in almost any hotel room around the world. However, this commodity has been the trigger for numerous legal disputes in recent years. As always, the quarrel is about money. In this post

CJEU decides once again on sale of used software

In 2012 and in the context of the well-known decision UsedSoft, the European Court of Justice (CJEU) decided on the sale of used software that has been purchased online via a download (3 July 2012, C‑128/11). There the CJEU clarified that the same rules and in particular the principle of exhaustion apply to software regardless

CJEU: New landmark case on hyperlinking

Last Thursday, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) handed down a long-awaited judgment on the separation of legal and illegal hyperlinking (see verdict of 8th September 2016, C-160/15 – GS Media). At the heart of the decision is the question of when a hyperlink is to be deemed a “communication to the

DSM Watch: Draft of Commission’s Copyright Communication leaked

It is a busy time in Brussels right now. Within the last few days, we have seen leaked drafts of a comprehensive staff working paper on the modernization of EU copyright rules, a draft copyright directive and a draft regulation on online transmission of broadcasts (see our respective blog post). At the end of last

DSM Watch: Draft of new EU Copyright Directive leaked

Apparently, summer season is over in Brussels. Already last week, a comprehensive staff working paper was leaked dealing with the European Commission’s aim to modernize copyright law within the EU. (see our respective blog post). Then on Wednesday, a first draft of the new Copyright Directive became public. It deals with, among other points, new

CJEU: TVs in a rehab facility constitute a “communication to the public”

On 31 May 2016, the European Court of Justice (CJEU) handed down a long awaited decision regarding the interpretation of the term “communication to the public” (Case Ref. C-117/15). Over recent years, the interpretation of this term has been heavily under discussion. It was subject-matter of various lawsuits in many Member States as well as before the

EU: Advocate General – Hyperlinking is lawful regardless whether content was uploaded with or without permission

Hyperlinks are yet again on the Court of Justice of the European Union’s (CJEU) agenda. Whilst in 2014, the decision Svensson (C-466/12) and BestWater International (C-348/13) set path-breaking precedent, the current matter GS Media (C-160/15) promises to fill those gaps that remained after the first two judgments. On 7 April 2016, it was for Belgian

“Communication to the public”: from links to speakers

Once again, the opinion of the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) has been requested on a copyright-related topic which is under debate lately: the concept of “communication of works to the public”, as set forth in Article 3(1) of Directive 2001/29, of 22 May 2001, on the harmonization of certain aspects of

Dutch Court refers Case to CJEU regarding the Digital Exhaustion of Copyrights

Since the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) rendered its well-recognized decision on the exhaustion of software rights in 2012 (CJEU, judgment of 3 July 2012 , Case Ref.: C-128/11 – UsedSoft), there is a lively discussion whether and under which conditions rights to digital works are subject to the principle of exhaustion. The reason

Germany: Technische Universität Darmstadt wins landmark case with Hogan Lovells – Digital use of copyright protected works in public libraries

Since 2009, German libraries and German publishers have been arguing about the scope and reach of Sec. 52b of the German Copyright Act [Urheberrechtsgesetzt – UrhG]. The said section holds a statutory limitation of copyright allowing privileged institutions (public libraries, museums, and archives) to make available to individual members of the public works physically contained

EU – CJEU decides prohibition of access to live streams can be lawful

On 26 March 2015, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) rendered a most interesting and instructive verdict on the matter of live streaming of sports events on the Internet (C More Entertainment vs. Sandberg, Case Ref.: C‑279/13). The 9th Chamber ruled that Member States may grant statutory broadcasting rights that go beyond