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Posted in Copyright Dr. Nils Rauer

EU institutions vote for more books for blind and visually impaired people

Four years after signing the Marrakesh Treaty (introduced by the WIPO) to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons who are Blind, Visually Impaired, or otherwise Print Disabled, the EU institutions finally voted for its implementation. With over 600 votes, the European Parliament adopted the final compromise on 6 July 2017. The European Council ratified the compromise on 17 July … Continue Reading

Posted in Copyright, Entertainment & Content, Policy & Regulation

French Supreme Court: Internet intermediaries must pay for blocking measures against illegal streaming websites

On 6 July 2017, the French Supreme Court (Cour de cassation) confirmed a decision of the Paris court of appeal dated 15 March 2016 (RG No. 040/2016) which held that Internet intermediaries must bear the costs for implementing blocking measures against illegal streaming websites.

Legal background

Article L. 336-2 of the French intellectual property Code (“IPC”) allows … Continue Reading

Posted in Copyright Dr. Nils RauerPenny ThorntonEva Vonau

Far-reaching decision by the CJEU on copyright: The Pirate Bay can be blocked by ISPs

Swiftly following the CJEU decision in Filmspeler (see our blog post), in which the Court found that the selling of multimedia players with add-ons to illegal streaming websites amounted to copyright infringement, the CJEU has confirmed that an indexing site such as the infamous website, The Pirate Bay, can be liable and as a result, internet service providers (ISPs) … Continue Reading

Posted in Copyright, Digital Single Market (EU), Entertainment & Content, Policy & Regulation Alastair ShawDr. Nils RauerPenny ThorntonEva Vonau

DSM Watch: EU online content services Portability Regulation will become law in its current form: Council adoption 8 June 2017

DSM Watch has been tracking this, the first legislative proposal published by the Commission under the Digital Single Market strategy banner, since back in December 2015.  The Commission’s aim was to allow consumers who pay for online content services in their home country to access them when visiting another country within the EU.… Continue Reading

Posted in Copyright, Digital Single Market (EU) Dr. Nils RauerEva VonauPenny Thornton

Europe: Enforcement of IP Rights – A new hope for the Enforcement Directive?

The Digital Single Market is starting to take shape. A central part of this project is the reform of the European Copyright framework. But while it is apparent that the Directive 2004/48 on the enforcement of intellectual property rights is outdated and in dire need of an update there has not been much progress regarding the enforcement of IP rights. … Continue Reading

Posted in Copyright Dr. Nils RauerEva Vonau

CJEU to rule on press publishers’ neighbouring right

With decision of 8 May 2017, the regional Court of Berlin referred to questions for preliminary ruling to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). The court is concerned whether the rules on the press publishers’ neighbouring right – as implemented into German copyright law in 2013 – were properly enacted back then. Specifically, the judges wish to … Continue Reading

Posted in Copyright, Digital Single Market (EU) Dr. Nils RauerPenny ThorntonEva Vonau

Digital Single Market: Commission takes stock at halftime

The European Commission is taking stock of what has been accomplished regarding its Strategy for a Digital Single Market. Two years ago, on 6 May 2015, Commissioners Oettinger and Ansip announced their strategy to create a single European market in the online world. Such market should rest on three pillars: (1) better access for consumers and businesses to digital … Continue Reading

Posted in Copyright, Entertainment & Content Dr. Nils RauerPenny ThorntonEva Vonau

CJEU rules on sale of multimedia players with add-ons to illegal streaming websites

There is no end in sight regarding CJEU decisions on the meaning of “communication to the public“. On 26 April 2017, the European Court of Justice (CJEU) ruled (C-527/15Filmspeler) that the sale of a multimedia player with pre-installed add-ons that contained links to illegal streaming websites constitutes a copyright infringement. At the same time, … Continue Reading

Posted in Copyright, Digital Single Market (EU) Dr. Nils RauerEva VonauPenny Thornton

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. The paper puts forward an … Continue Reading

Posted in Copyright, Digital Single Market (EU) Dr. Nils RauerEva VonauPenny Thornton

DSM Watch: Leaked European Parliament comments may modify press rights under Copyright Directive

The European commission published its last draft directive on the modernizing of the European copyright law (COM(2016) 593 final) on 14 September 2016. The draft was part of a larger strategy to bring about a single digital market within the European Union. Back then, the legislative proposal triggered quite some discussion given that its provisions touched upon more than one … Continue Reading

Posted in Copyright, Data Protection & Privacy, Policy & Regulation, Technology

Live webinar: On March 17 academic all-stars debate the hottest topics in Tech

In a March 17 live stream webinar, a panel of academic all-stars will discuss the key legal and tech trends for 2017, including regulation of artificial intelligence, the disruptive potential of blockchain, competition law and big data, global privacy and copyright trends, and the future of net neutrality. 

Our panel will also share insights into the tech priorities of Continue Reading

Posted in Copyright, Entertainment & Content Penny ThorntonDr. Nils RauerEva Vonau

Hyperlinking in Hamburg and Prague: How national courts apply GS Media

On 8 September 2016, the European Court of Justice (CJEU) handed down judgment C-160/15 on the means of hyperlinking which caught quite some attention. It has become known as the GS Media decision (see our blog post). In essence, this CJEU judgment imposed new verification duties on commercial website owners who embed hyperlinks to third-party content in their web … Continue Reading

Posted in Copyright, Entertainment & Content Nathaniel BoyerDori Ann Hanswirth

Paul McCartney chants ‘Get Back’ again – The Future of Copyright Termination

The US Copyright Act of 1976 allows artists, writers, and musicians to “get back” grants of copyrights that had been previously licensed or assigned away. Specifically, artists can “terminate” their copyright arrangements simply by serving notice upon the grantee between 46 and 59 years after the date that the rights were granted.  This means that, for the hit songs of … Continue Reading

Posted in Copyright, Digital Single Market (EU), Policy & Regulation Penny ThorntonDr. Nils RauerEva Vonau

EU Commission agrees new rules allowing Europeans to watch online content services across EU borders

On 7 February, negotiators for the European Parliament, Member States and the Commission agreed the proposal for a regulation on EU cross-border portability of online content services. This is the first agreement relating to the modernisation of EU copyright rules proposed by the Commission as part of the Digital Single Market strategy.

Under the new rules, which will come into … Continue Reading

Posted in Copyright Penny ThorntonDr. Nils Rauer

EU Advocate General in favour of finding copyright infringement by indexing site The Pirate Bay

The cases that deal with the meaning of “communication to the public” continue: in a current reference for a preliminary ruling, the European Court of Justice (CJEU) will have to decide whether the operators of websites that index content available on peer-to-peer (P2P) networks, such as The Pirate Bay, infringe copyright when there is no actual content … Continue Reading

Posted in Copyright, Internet Alastair ShawNathaniel BoyerEugene LowZhen FengPJ Kaur

UK, US, HK and China – Access denied: an international perspective on ISP blocking injunctions

While the UK Court of Appeal has opened the door for broadband ISP blocking to combat trademark or copyright-infringing activities (see our earlier report ), the picture in the United States, China and Hong Kong is more complex.

“‘It is, it is a glorious thing, to be a Pirate King,’ said W.S. Gilbert: but he was speaking of ship Continue Reading

Posted in Copyright, Digital Single Market (EU) Dr. Nils RauerEva Vonau

EP Committee on Legal Affairs: Cross-border portability and obligations for service providers

A further step towards the reform of European copyright was taken On 29 November 2016. The Committee on Legal Affairs of the European Parliament (JURI) not only voted for a proposal for a regulation on ensuring the cross-border portability of online content services in the internal market; in its Brussels meeting, JURI also organized a public hearing regarding one specific … Continue Reading

Posted in Copyright, Entertainment & Content Dr. Nils RauerEva Vonau

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 make of out-of-stock works. In … Continue Reading

Posted in Copyright, Entertainment & Content Dr. Nils RauerEva Vonau

CJEU: Landmark decision on digital lending of e-books

On 10 November 2016, the European Court of Justice (CJEU) rendered a landmark decision on the lending of e-books. Public libraries may rely on statutory copyright exceptions when lending out e-books and are not required to obtain a contractual license explicitly covering such e-lending right. With its decision, the CJEU applies the same legal principles to e-books that already govern … Continue Reading

Posted in Copyright, Entertainment & Content Dr. Nils RauerEva Vonau

EU: 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 we look at proceedings which … Continue Reading

Posted in Copyright, Digital Single Market (EU) Dr. Nils RauerEva VonauCamille Pecnard

Webinar recording: Digital Single Market – The New European Copyright

On Friday, 23 September 2016, we held a well-received webinar on the Commission’s latest package of legislative initiatives in the copyright environment. This included a concise review and summary of the six draft directives, draft regulations, communications and impact assessments the commission has bundled in its “Second Copyright Package” as published on 14 September 2016. Specifically, we touched … Continue Reading

Posted in Copyright, Digital Single Market (EU) Dr. Nils RauerEva Vonau

DSM Watch: A closer look at the draft EU Regulation on online transmissions of broadcasting organisations and closed networks

Last week, the European Commission officially released a communication on its endeavours to modernize the EU copyright rules. The paper was accompanied by several – long awaited – legislative proposals aiming for modelling future European copyright law (see blog post).

Following-up on our introductory blog post last week, we now take a closer look at the proposed Regulation on … Continue Reading

Posted in Copyright, Digital Single Market (EU)

Webinar invitation: Digital Single Market – The New European Copyright

There have been busy days in Brussels regarding the shaping of tomorrow’s copyright law in Europe. It took the Commission ten months to follow-up on its first package of copyright legislation released last December, with a second set of draft regulations and directives published on 14 September 2016.

The second legislative package truly touches upon almost everything that is hot … Continue Reading

Posted in Copyright Dr. Nils RauerEva Vonau

CJEU renders next landmark decision – this time on free Wi-Fi

So far, September has been a busy month in Luxembourg. On 8 September 2016, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) handed down a ground-breaking judgment on hyperlinking (Case Ref.: C-160/15 – GS Media, see our earlier post). On 15 September 2016, this equally important verdict followed (Case Ref.: C-484/14McFadden). The judges had … Continue Reading