Court of Justice: sharing hyperlinks can constitute a copyright infringement

Written by Pieter Gryffroy on Wednesday 23 November 2016 in the category Copyright & other IP with the tags .

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.

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World Intellectual Property Day

Written by Edwin Jacobs on Monday 27 April 2015 in the category Copyright & other IP with the tags , , , , .

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.

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Some Good Reasons for Brazil to Join the Madrid International Trademark System

Written by Davide Maria Parrilli on Monday 6 October 2014 in the category Copyright & other IP with the tags , , .

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.

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CJEU Confirms “Illegal” Downloading is Illegal

Written by Geert Somers on Tuesday 2 September 2014 in the category Copyright & other IP with the tags , , .

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.

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Copyright Act Reform

Written by Edwin Jacobs on Monday 31 March 2014 in the category Copyright & other IP with the tags , .

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.

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