Archive | Copyright/related rights

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 30

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 […]

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 […]


“Big Data in the Platform Economy” – A Digest of the Conference

By 31 May 2016 0

On May 13, 2016, the editors of IPdigIT organized a one-day conference to study the growing importance of ‘Big data in the platform economy‘. To this end, they assembled a panel of experts from several disciplines: applied mathematics, engineering, economics, management, policy-making, and law. (You can find the general description of the conference here). The conference, […]

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Conference: Big Data in the Platform Economy (May 13, 2016)

By 23 April 2016 0

On Friday May 13, 2016, IPdigIT (together with CIPI, CORE and Crides) organizes a one-day conference on ‘Big Data in the Platform Economy‘. The venue is Microsoft Innovation Center (Rue Montoyer 51, 1000 Brussels). Admission is free, but online registration is required. To register and to see the full program of the conference, please follow this link. […]

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 […]

An Opinion on the right allocation of the fair remuneration for reprography

By 6 September 2015 0

On June 11, 2015, the Advocate-General Pedro Cruz Villalón delivered his Opinion in the HP Belgium v. Reprobel case now pending before the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU, case C-572/13). The Advocate-General Opinion and the underlying case raise one important issue: Is it permissible for a national copyright law to allocate a portion […]

The scope of “copyleft“ effect: What’s right and what’s “left“? (part II – Triggering “copyleft”)

By 6 September 2015 0

As was described in the first part, “copyleft” can be translated into simple words as an obligation to license modifications of original work under the terms of the license governing the original use. However, when does this obligation arise? There are many activities that might bear significance – changing the form in which the work […]

The scope of “copyleft“ effect: What’s right and what’s “left“? (part I – Introduction)

By 5 May 2015 0

March 2015  marks the 30th anniversary of the publication of one of the first and most prominent documents presenting “copyleft” idea. Richard Stallman’s publication of the “GNU Manifesto” (available here) – announcing the development of a software system which would be freely distributable and modifiable – occurred on March 1985. It has since spawned a […]