“Free WiFi for Free People” – Germany restricts the liability of providers of public...

Former legal background in Germany Unlike other European countries, the number of public WiFi hotspots which are freely accessible to the open public is rather low across Germany. This situation exists despite...

The ins and outs of geoblocking

Geoblocking has become a controversial topic... The European Commission sees unjustified geoblocking as an impediment to the Digital Single Market, whilst there is a broader perception that it contributes to an...

Post-GS Media, Wikimedia links to photos of works of art infringe copyright in Swedish...

  Background Wikimedia provided links on its website, offentligkonst.se, enabling users to access pictures of works of art from another website, Wikimedia Commons. The pictures available on Wikimedia Commons had been uploaded by users and made available...

Newsflash: Singapore Government launches public consultation on proposed changes to copyright regime

The Ministry of Law has launched a public consultation to seek views on proposed changes to Singapore's copyright regime.  As the last major overhaul of the Singapore Copyright Act was in...

Pokémon Go – a brave new augmented reality world, now let’s stick some laws...

Data Protection and Privacy of the User Data protection and privacy are probably the most obvious issues which affect Pokémon Go users given that the app takes more than a Pikachu as...

Multimedia player sellers and individual streamers beware! Filmspeler broadens scope for copyright infringement in...

The Filmspeler judgment specifically addresses the sale of multimedia players with pre-installed add-ons containing hyperlinks to unauthorised content.  The decision means that suppliers of such devices will need to adapt their...

Reaction video YouTubers win landmark ‘fair use’ copyright case in the US

Background In 2016 YouTuber Matt Hosseinzadeh ("Hoss") sued Ethan and Hila Klein, creators of YouTube channel H3H3, for copyright infringement and misuse of fair use. The dispute arose as a result of...

Platform liability for misuse of private information – scope of the EU’s hosting defence

The case concerned a Facebook page published by Mr McCloskey called "Keeping Our Kids Safe from Predators 2". At various times this page featured CG's image and details of the area...

No interim injunction against publication of images featuring zoo animals used for entertainment

Background CAPS (the Captive Animals Protection Society) is a campaigning charity which aims to stop the exploitation of animals, particularly in circuses, zoos and the exotic pets trade. Investigators for CAPS visited...

Germany Starts Enforcing Controversial ‘Hate Speech’ Law: initial reactions to the Network Enforcement Act

Quick to act Since the implementation of NetzDG, certain social networks appear to have been fast and resolute in deleting content reported by users. During the Act's first few days, for example, the...

MORE NEWS

Fair Compensation for Dutch Bestselling Authors

The bestseller-clause On July 1st, 2015, the Copyright Contract Act entered into force in the Netherlands.  This constituted important changes in Dutch copyright contract law....

MOST POPULAR THIS WEEK