Or so the old adage goes. But try telling that to a manufacturer whose product has just been ripped off. It’s the ultimate irony – just as your product is gaining traction and recognition in the market place, a new front opens up in the battle for market share, this
The Commission has unveiled its package of proposals for copyright reform. The latest proposals consist of: Copyright reform - a draft directive that seeks to address the purported "value gap" that exists between UGC platforms and rights holders in a variety of ways. adds some additional exceptions for non-commercial use
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has held that it is an infringement of copyright to sell a physical back-up copy of a software program, even if the original physical copy has been damaged, lost or destroyed.
As part of its Digital Single Market strategy, the European Commission recently published a proposal for a new Directive on copyright (Directive). One of the new rights contained within the proposal is the press publication right. This provides online press publishers with a right relating to the reproduction and making
In his 2016 State of the Union address, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker announced his intention for “journalists, publishers and authors to be paid fairly for their work, whether it is made in studios or living rooms, whether it is disseminated offline or online, whether it is published via a
Following the European Court of Justice (ECJ) decision in Case C-279/13 (which was referred by the Swedish Supreme Court), the Supreme Court handed down its judgment (B 3510-11). The ECJ decision tackled the issue of whether member states can give wider protection to rights holders by enabling communication to the
On September 14, 2016, the European Commission presented the Copyright reform, a legislative “Package” to promote a “more competitive European copyright-based economy in the Digital Single Market” (DSM). In addition to the need to harmonize national copyright regimes, already defined in the so-called DSM Strategy (here), the Commission identified the
CJEU’s GS Media copyright linking decision draws a line: ordinary internet user or commercial website? (Bird & Bird)
The CJEU today handed down its judgment in the copyright case of GS Media v Sanoma Media Netherlands and Others (C-160/15). It held that in order to assess whether a website link to a work placed online without the consent of the rights holder is a communication to the public,
Why a reform of hosting providers’ safe harbour is unnecessary under EU copyright law (Eleonora Rosati)
In the context of its Digital Single Market Strategy (DSMS) the EU Commission is currently engaged in a discussion of whether the liability principles and rules envisaged by Directive 2000/31 (the Ecommerce Directive) should be amended.
Electronic books or 'e-books' are becoming increasingly popular. The question of whether and on what legal basis libraries can lend e-books to readers has been extensively debated in several countries and eventually led to a request to the Court of Justice for a preliminary ruling from the District Court in