Open Wi-Fi and copyright – the CJEU McFadden decision

The CJEU yesterday delivered its judgment in McFadden, concerning the liability for user copyright infringement of a shop providing free Wi-Fi. The CJEU confirmed that the provider benefited from conduit protection from damages under the Electronic Commerce Directive. On the other side the decision opens the door to copyright owners seeking injunctions to require Wi-Fi providers to password protect accounts and obtain user identity information.

For more details, you can view our analysis of the judgment here.

By Graham Smith

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