ECJ to decide on online linking to content without copyright holder’s consent
Mon 11 May 2015, 11:52

The Dutch Supreme Court recently delivered its ruling in the GeenStijl/Sanoma case with two important decisions: regarding copyright and freedom of speech as equal fundamental rights that should be weighed against each other, and referring some preliminary questions to the European Court of Justice, and the answers may have a major impact on the internet landscape.

The decision is available here.


Brussels Court of Appeal: the word ‘ius’ is descriptive and can not be registered as a trade mark
Mon 23 Feb 2015, 12:06

The Brussels Court of Appeal held that the word ‘ius’ (a Latin for ‘law’) is descriptive for legal services and cannot be registered as a trade mark in the case regarding  Mr De Smet’s application at the Benelux Office of Intellectual Property (BOIP) for the word ‘ius’ to be registered as a Benelux word mark in class 35 (advertising services) and 42 (scientific and technological services). 

EDRi asks the European Commission to investigate illegal data retention laws in the EU
Thu 2 Jul 2015, 15:20

European Digital Rights (EDRi) sent a letter to European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans, asking the European Commission to investigate the data retention laws in EU Member States which appear to be illegal in light of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruling on this issue from 8 April last year.

High court quashes regulations allowing people to copy CDs
Fri 17 Jul 2015, 23:40

The high court has quashed regulations introduced by the government to allow members of the public to lawfully copy CDs and other copyright material bought for their own private use. The move follows a judge’s recent ruling that the government was legally incorrect in deciding not to introduce a compensation scheme for songwriters, musicians and other rights holders who faced losses as a result of their copyright being infringed.

Private copy illegal in UK
Fri 17 Jul 2015, 20:00

The new court ruling overturns the Copyright and Rights in Performances (Personal Copies for Private Use) Regulations 2014 and affects CDs, MP3s, DVDs, Blu-rays and e-books. Consumers can not technically copy a CD they own and use one version in the car and another at home.

Belgian Constitutional Court repeals the transposition of the data retention directive
Fri 12 Jun 2015, 16:40

Following two actions for annulment brought independently, the Belgian Constitutional Court ruled yesterday against the mass collection of communications metadata. This ruling falls in line with a recent ruling from the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) invalidating the directive behind Belgian law.