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Leading Internet Case Law

COPYRIGHT: The CJEU finds torrent file sharing site does communicate to the public

Stichting Brein v. Ziggo, Court of Justice of the European Union, Case C-610/15, 14 June 2017

The latest decision examining this right, Stichting Brein v. Ziggo, concerns The Pirate Bay platform. The CJEU has ruled that the peer-to-peer torrent file sharing site was communicating copyright protected works to the public. The decision might not be that surprising given that The Pirate Bay is perhaps the most notorious peer-to-peer piracy site, however it nonetheless provides further guidance as to when platforms might be held liable for ‘communicating to the public’ and also indicates that the CJEU will continue to interpret this right broadly.

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