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Leading Internet Case Law

Volume: 10 Issue: 2


The Supreme Court of Israel recognised the right to online anonymity, derived from the rights to free speech and to privacy. It also confirmed that, in the case of a civil lawsuit, there is no proper legal procedure to identify anonymous online commentators. / read more

The Court of Justice of the European Union held that Google's AdWords service does not breach trade mark law unless it creates confusion among consumers as to the link between the ad displayed and the trade mark owner. / read more

A WIPO Panel ordered the transfer of over 1,500 domain names from the Defendant, a German citizen, to a hotel chain, after it found that the Defendant had used the domain names in a deliberately confusing manner to link them with competing hotels. / read more

The UK High Court held that a website operator failed to prove it was merely acting as a search engine, and that it authorised copyright breaches by failing to introduce adequate security safeguards to prevent infringement. / read more

An Italian court ruled that internet service providers are not responsible for the information transmitted through their networks, and are in fact bound by an obligation to connect users to the internet. / read more

The Court of Québec sentenced a file sharer to prison, for the first time in Canada, on the basis that, according to a new law, recording a film shown in the cinema - whether or not with the intention of distributing it online - is a punishable offence. / read more

The Barcelona Mercantile Court ruled, amidst much criticism, that websites offering links to peer-to-peer file sharing networks do not, in themselves, infringe any rights and are, therefore, to be considered as legal. / read more

The Irish High Court confirmed the legality of the graduated response policy - the three strikes rule - against illegal downloads and file sharing, whereby a user's internet connection will be disconnected after receiving two letters of warning. / read more

The UK High Court ruled that 'perpetual' has 'different shades of meaning' and while it can mean that something is 'never ending' - in the sense of incapable of being brought to an end - it will not automatically be taken to mean that the licence will last forever. / read more

The Paris Court of Appeal confirmed that betting operators do not infringe on name and image rights when using a football club's name on their website to denote bets on matches between football clubs. / read more

The UK High Court referred to the EU on the question of whether Euroview, an importer of decoder cards, breaches EU copyright rules when it sells foreign decoder cards used to show football matches in venues that are not licensed in the UK. / read more


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