As the global elite converged on Davos this week, there were lots of eye-popping charts and statistics in circulation. To my mind, one of the most thought-provoking was to be found at the back of a World Economic Forum global risks report entitled “W
The French Supreme Court stated that the lower courts must take into consideration all the choices of the author in order to decide whether a work is original and therefore protected by copyright law, and not simply the common aspects of the work.
It is beyond dispute that Anne Frank’s diary is of great historical value. A recent Dutch court decision confirms this, in a case that perfectly illustrates the tension between freedom of scientific research and the enforcement of copyright.
Decision Oberlandesgericht (Court of Appeal) Hamburg of July 1, 2015, file no. 5 U 87/12 and Landgericht (District Court) Munich I of 30 June 2015, file no. 33 O. 9639/14 YouTube is the most popular video-sharing website in the world.
Readers of this blog are familiar (or should I say fed up?) with the piecemeal legal framework of EU copyright. With nine directives in the field of copyright alone (plus one on enforcement), the legal patchwork is evident.
[Editor Charlie says: As of Christmas Day (7 days in release) "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" has grossed $890 million in worldwide box office. “How better to revive a 30-year-old series than by enlisting armies of kids to make the content interesting again?” Well, that's one better way.] This is a repost from July 15, 2007 In his…
The draft law for the implementation in Greece of Directive 2014/26/EU on collective management of copyright and related rights and multi-territorial licensing of rights in musical works for online use in the internal market, which was released...
In response to a reference from the Brussels Court of Appeal, the CJEU held that Article 3(1) of Directive 2001/29/EC (the Infosoc Directive) must be interpreted as meaning that a broadcasting organisation does not carry out an act of...
These reports were adopted in December 2015 as a result of ERGA Work Programme for 2015. The Report on material jurisdiction in a converged environment gives feedback on issues such as definition of the audiovisual media service. In this context it refers to the "TV like" criterion and the notion of "principal purpose of one service". It also gives recommendations on the notion of editorial responsibility and other issues that impact the material scope of the AVMSD.
Poland dismissed European Commission concern on Friday that a new law on state-run media threatened media freedom, warning Brussels not to interfere in its affairs on the basis of "biased and politically-engaged" reports.
An interesting case about the legality of a regulation issued by the Estonian Government on the “blank tape levy” The Estonian Authors’ Society, Estonian Performers’ Union and Estonian Association of Phonogram Producers...
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