|Author (Corporate)||Court of Justice of the European Union|
|Content Type||News, Overview|
Judgment from the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) on copyright and related rights, compensation in the event of file-sharing in breach of copyright and liability of the owner of internet connection used by family members.
The German publisher Bastei Lübbe sought, before a German Regional Court (Landgericht München I), monetary compensation from Mr Michael Strotzer on account of an audio book in which it holds the copyright and related rights beings shared, for the purpose of downloading, with an unlimited number of users of a peer-to-peer internet exchange by means of an internet connection owned by Mr Strotzer. Mr Strotzer denied having himself infringed copyright and maintained that his parents also had access to that connection.
The Regional Court pointed out that it became apparent from case-law of the German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof) that such defence is sufficient under German law to exclude the owner of the internet connections from liability. In that context, on 16 June 2017 the Regional Court submitted to the CJEU a request to interpret the provisions of EU law on the protection of intellectual property rights.
The CJEU concluded on 18 October 2018 that the owner of an internet connection used for copyright infringements through filesharing cannot be exonerated from liability simply by naming a family member who might have had access to that connection. Rightholders must have at their disposal an effective remedy or means of allowing the competent judicial authorities to order the disclosure of necessary information.
|Subject Categories||Business and Industry|
|Subject Tags||Intellectual Property|
|Keywords||CJEU Judgments, Copyright
|Countries / Regions||Germany|
|International Organisations||European Union [EU]|