Cases play an important role in judicial practice and academic research and provide practical references for the application of law as well as reference material for theoretical contention. Cases are the best reflection for developments in the legal framework in theory and in practice.
In recent years, instances of copyright infringement have shifted from traditional to more and more online mechanism. Different forms of copyright infringement and liabilities exist and can apply online.
A selection of leading copyright cases in Europe for online infringement has been made for the period 1999 to 2009 in Online Copyright Liability: Leading European Cases, with a summary and analysis of each. The cases demonstrate liability for web site operators and other users; hosting providers; hosting user generated content providers; hyperlinking; search engines; and disclosure of personal data. It presents an overview of the legal framework and principles that are in force in Europe and shares the European experience in adjudicating online piracy cases including handling evidence, procedures and remedies for actions to enforce copyright online.
View the IPR2 publicationOnline Copyright Liability: Leading European Cases.