The Court of Justice of the European Union: free internet broadcasting may be permitted

The Court of Justice of the European Union sit on the case related to the links published on a website, where, by clicking on them and without paying the remuneration charged by the original organisation for this service, internet users were able to watch an ice hockey game in the broadcasting organization’s website.

The Court of Justice of the European Union had to answer, whether the provisions of the Directive 2001/29/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the harmonisation of certain aspects of copyright and related rights in the information society must be interpreted as precluding national legislation extending the exclusive right of the broadcasting organisations, as regards acts of communication to the public, which broadcasts sporting fixtures made live on internet.

The Court interpreted the Directive as not precluding the existence of such national legislation, provided that such an extension does not diminish the scope of copyright protection.

Intellectual property