On June 14th, 2017 the European Court of Justice (CJEU) confirmed that Internet Access Providers (IAPs) can be obliged to block the domain names and IP addresses of the online sharing platform The Pirate Bay (TPB).
On 8 September 2016 the Court rendered judgment in case C-160/15, GS media BV v. Sanoma Media Netherlands BV. The Court decided that sharing hyperlinks providing access to protected works (in the case at hand celebrity photos that were yet to be published), made available on the Internet without the consent of the copyright holder by a third party, can by itself be a communication to the public in the sense of article 3(1) Directive 2001/29, when certain conditions are fulfilled.
A few trends have combined in the last few year that have made the Affero GPL license increasingly more common. It combines open source innovation, cloud computing, and dual licensing options, for an ideal cocktail.
The Court of Appeal in Ghent recently decided in a case between AE and Flexsoft about the exhaustion of distribution rights for (used) software licenses. The Court confirms the verdict of the first judge in this case.
The World IP Day was initially launched by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to promote and protect creative ideas such as music, art, trademarks, writings and inventions.
World IP Day is annually celebrated on April 26. This year, the 15th anniversary of the World IP Day, was dedicated to music entrepreneurs.
E-commerce service providers can contractually prevent other websites from copying factual information from their website for commercial use, such as for price comparison purposes.
Brazil is not a contracting party to the so-called Madrid International Trademark System. We advocate that the country joins the club of countries that are part of this system in order to simplify the bueaucratic steps related to the registration of a trademark in several countries. However there are some legal obstacles that have to be solved.
Debate has raged for some time on the legality of downloading protected content without the copyright holder’s permission by using the Copyright Directive’s reproduction for private use only exception. A recent ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union has clarified the issue, with consequences for the copyright levy on blank media/data carriers.
In February 2014, the Belgian government introduced the preliminary Draft Act concerning Intellectual Property. It is part of a wider legislative process consolidating national commercial law into one Belgian Economic Code. While the proposed codification leaves many areas unchanged, some significant changes have been suggested.
In February 2014, the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled that website operators do not infringe copyright law when they make hyperlinks to copyrighted content which is freely available on other websites.