Category: Copyright and Internet

European court rushes in rescue of hyperlinks

  An opinion rendered today by the Court of Justice of the European Communities appears very innovative with regard the legal status of hyperlinks and their relation with copyright law. If confirmed in a final judgment, the opinion is susceptible to provide additional and…

From hyperlinks to embedded videos: not a copyright infringement, EU court says

A landmark decision has been adopted by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in the matter of Internet and copyright. The new case concerns embedding a video without the consent of the right-holder, also for commercial purposes.  According to the CJEU,…

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…