Today marks the 21st annual World Intellectual Property Day. The event is held each year on the 26th of April to commemorate the day the WIPO Convention, which established the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), entered into force in 1970. Read more
European Union Draws a Line on Infringing Hyperlinks
Cross-posted from the Mister Copyright blog.
Last week, the European Court of Justice—the judicial authority of the European Union—issued an anticipated decision in the Sanoma hyperlinking case, declaring that commercial linking with knowledge of unauthorized content constitutes copyright infringement. The opinion comes after years of similar cases in Europe stirred debate over whether linking to pirated works was a ‘communication to the public’ and therefore infringing, and provides a sensible test that protects the works of authors and creators while ensuring the internet remains a bastion of free speech. Read more