Author Archive | Alain Strowel

L’établissement d’un hyperlien après GS Media: quand y a-t-il une communication au public selon la Cour de justice?

By 13 April 2017 29

La jurisprudence de la Cour de justice de l’Union européenne sur les hyperliens réserve décidément des surprises. En témoigne l’arrêt rendu le 8 septembre 2016 dans l’affaire GS Media (C-160/15) La question de savoir si l’établissement d’un hyperlien vers une autre page du web constitue une communication au public au sens du droit d’auteur (et […]

When copyright law meets particular – or even personal – interests

By 19 December 2016 0

This post has been jointly drafted by Amandine Van Zuylen, Antoine De Spiegelaar, Victor Leblanc, Kevin Xhebexhia, Germain Haumont and Arnaud Picqué, all students in third year (BAC 3) registered for my course Intellectual Property Law at the Université Saint-Louis, Brussels. The requirements for this course include some online exercises on intellectual property topics. This post was jointly […]

Beware of the ‘mutant copyrights’ in a trademarked culture!

By 4 November 2016 0

The European Copyright Society (ECS) was founded in January 2012 with the aim of creating a platform for critical and independent scholarly thinking on European Copyright Law. Its members include scholars and academics from various countries of the European Union, seeking to promote their views of the overall public interest. The ECS has recently prepared an […]

Plain packaging, trademark protection and Investment Treaties: Get ready!

By 3 November 2016 33

The obligation of using plain packaging for tobacco products, i. e. the requirement to remove or substantially reduce the appeal of the brand on the packaging of cigarettes and other tobacco products, has generated a lot of public debate, including about the effectiveness of such regulation (see here a summary of the debate in particular […]

Is copyright compatible with copying?

By 3 October 2016 38

Copyright law, as other intellectual property laws, creates a legal exclusivity on the use of an intangible asset. The copyright owner is granted the power to prohibit some acts of use regarding the protected work. In particular, the author can ‘say no’ to the copying of her work. (Copying falls under the reproduction right, but in Europe, the law also […]

Les hyperliens: de bonnes relations qui restent des liaisons dangereuses?

By 3 March 2016 44

Les hyperliens sont au coeur de l’Internet puisque ce sont les fils du World Wide Web. Une Toile qui ne cesse de s’étendre au profit des internautes du monde entier. Le débat sur la responsabilité pour l’établissement des hyperliens reste dans l’actualité. En 1988 (il y a déjà près de 20 ans!), j’avais publié dans Auteurs & Media un article […]

Intellectual Property Rights at the Bilateral and Multilateral Levels: How to Reach Consistency?

By 24 January 2016 0

This article is the third part of a three-piece series written by Lukas Vanhonnaeker (for the first and second part, see here and here). Lukas Vanhonnaeker is a doctoral candidate at McGill University. After completing his bilingual (French/English) bachelor’s degree in law at the Facultés Universitaires Saint-Louis (Brussels, Belgium) in 2010, Mr Vanhonnaeker received his […]

How Does Increased Investor Protection Enhance the Dissemination of Knowledge?

By 19 January 2016 0

This article is the second part of a three-piece series written by Lukas Vanhonnaeker (for the first part, see here). Lukas Vanhonnaeker is a doctoral candidate at McGill University. After completing his bilingual (French/English) bachelor’s degree in law at the Facultés Universitaires Saint-Louis (Brussels, Belgium) in 2010, Mr Vanhonnaeker received his law degree (cum laude) […]

Does Intellectual Property Qualify as a Foreign Direct Investment?

By 15 January 2016 0

This article is the first part of a three-piece series written by Lukas Vanhonnaeker. Lukas Vanhonnaeker is a doctoral candidate at McGill University. After completing his bilingual (French/English) bachelor’s degree in law at the Facultés Universitaires Saint-Louis (Brussels, Belgium) in 2010, Mr Vanhonnaeker received his law degree (cum laude) from the Catholic University of Louvain, […]

Time to fix patents, says The Economist, but how?

By 30 November 2015 73

This picture illustrated the cover of the August 8th-14th 2015 issue of The Economist. In the leading article (p. 9 and here), The Economist takes a clear position: “Time to fix patents“. “Ideas fuel the economy. Today’s patent systems are a rotten way of rewarding them. ”   For the economists of The Economist, the […]