Spanish court decides to block The Pirate Bay
Fri 27 Mar 2015, 20:21

The Pirate Bay, the Swedish site access torrents, has been locked in Spain since Friday, according to a court ruling. Internet Service Providers have 72 hours to comply. The popular service was unavailable last December after a police raid, but was revived earlier this year.

Spain: Criminal court orders hacker to pay compensation for facilitating downloading movies
Wed 8 Apr 2015, 12:10

The hacker known as Triplorita was convicted for intellectual property infringement and has to pay 167,398 euros to Egeda company and 83,600 euros to Columbia Tristar Entertainment.

Between March 2009 and February 2010 he facilitated downloading copies of newly released movies in theaters.

Dutch Supreme court: inventive steps matter, not others
Fri 3 Oct 2014, 14:58

The Supreme Court decided on October 3 2014 that it is not relevant whether the objective technical problem to which the invention offers a solution would have been recognized by the skilled artisan. What is relevant is whether the invention does not result from the state of the art in an obvious manner. With this remark, the Supreme Court dismissed Leo Pharmaceutical's cassation appeal and endorsed the decision of the Appeal Court in which EP679154 is deemed to lack inventive step.

The right to be forgotten: first decision delivered in application of CJEU jurisprudence
Wed 15 Apr 2015, 12:48

The Google Spain decision delivered by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) on 13 May 2014 upheld the possibility, subject to certain conditions, for Internet users to ask search engine operators to de-reference links appearing in hits for searches on their names. The operators, starting with Google, have put de-referencing request forms online for Internet users to fill in. Since operators have not always complied with these requests, a number of French courts have been called on to deal with a number of cases involving the CJEU’s criteria, and the first judgments under the urgent procedure have been handed down.

Court rules on right to be delisted from search engines
Wed 15 Apr 2015, 12:58

On 12 February 2015, the Amsterdam Court ruled on a case where the plaintiff requested that Google modify its search results based on search queries containing certain words including, but not limited to the plaintiff’s name. This is the second occasion where the Amsterdam Court has been asked to rule on this subject, popularly referred to as the “right to be forgotten”.

Illegal streaming app will be blocked in the UK after a successful legal challenge
Wed 29 Apr 2015, 21:20

Popcorn Time, an illegal streaming app based in America, will be blocked in the UK after a legal challenge from six Hollywood film studios.

The Motion Picture Association challenged Popcorn Time under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act. It means that the website now has a blocking order and cannot continue in the UK. The piracy app was launched more than a year ago and uses BitTorrent technology to download illegal content.