Category: Copyright and Internet

AGCOM releases the first copyright enforcement results

Today in London, at the International lntellectual Property Enforcement Summit, prof. Angelo Cardani, the Chairman of Italian Regulator AGCOM, reported the preliminary results of the Copyright Enforcement Regulation which recently (March 28, 2014) entered into force in Italy. The regulation is quite a unique…

Piracy and private copy levy: the European Court of Justice makes an important ruling

According to the European Court of Justice, the amount of the levy payable for making private copies of a protected work may not take unlawful reproductions into account. This principle has been stated today in the decision ACI Adam BV and Others v Stichting…

Web-blocking and copyright protection: the European court sets the limits

 Court of Justice of the European Union has finally determined the limits under which national courts can require ISPs (Internet access providers) to block access to websites in order to prevent or impede copyright infringements. The decision of the Court (Judgment in Case C‑314/12…

Hyperlinks, interrupted

The Court of Justice of the European Union released today a sentence (Judgment in Case C‑466/12 Nils Svensson and Others v Retriever Sverige AB) which may have unpredictable impact onto the Internet environment. The parties in front of the Court discussed whether publication of clickable internet links…

Not everything is piracy: copyright protection must be proportionated

Today the European court of justice released an interpretative decision (case C-355/12 Nintendo / PC Box srl) which may have an important effect for the development of copyright legislation in Europe. In a case between Nintendo and a small software company and others (pending before the…

Europe suggests more restrictions for web-blocking

The Attorney General of the Court of Justice Cruz Villalón has rendered an opinion regarding the compatibility of web-blocking measures with EU law (here the press release). This opinion is expected to warm-up the never-ending debate how to tackle piracy in the internet. In…

The eyes of Brussels over the online copyright reform in Italy

The European Commission is soon to deliver an opinion about a proposal of Italian regulator AGCOM regarding the enforcement of copyright rules in the Internet. The proposed measures were notified to Brussels in September and the standstill period is due to expire on December…

Acta, Robocop and copyright: when imagination goes beyond reality

We had almost forgotten about ACTA, however the copyright industry has succeeded in the (non-easy) job to rewarm this debate and shake new discussions. Apparently, some copyright holders (MGM) requested Youtube to remove an hilarious video, based on the Robocop movie, making fun of…

Liberalization of collecting societies: an accident, not a stop, from the European judges

A kind of accident for the liberalization of the collecting society sector, occurred today in Luxembourg at the European courts, will not however stop the process.  The General Court of the European Union has partially annulled a very important decision of the European Commission…

Europe: no continent for copyright reform

The European Union seems to produce plenty of initiatives and ideas in the area of copyright in the digital world. Recently, an unusual team consisting of 3 European commissioners (Barnier, Kroes and Vassiliou) set out the actions to ensure that copyright framework stays fit…