Blocking Injunctions and Website Operators’ Liability for Copyright Infringement for User-Generated Links

European Intellectual Property Review (EIPR), Issue 5, pp. 279-288, 2014

Posted: 4 May 2014

Date Written: February 25, 2014

Abstract

This article explores UK website blocking injunctions, the CJEU ruling in Svensson (C-466/12), and referrals on linking in the context of website operator's direct, secondary or joint liability for copyright infringement due to user-generated content. Direct liability and UK authorisation doctrine seem questionable, but joint tortfeasance and similar criminal law constructs form a more solid foundation for operators’ liability.

Keywords: Communication to the public right, Copyright, EU law, Hyperlinks, Internet service providers, Online infringement, User-generated content

JEL Classification: K11, K42

Suggested Citation

Savola, Pekka, Blocking Injunctions and Website Operators’ Liability for Copyright Infringement for User-Generated Links (February 25, 2014). European Intellectual Property Review (EIPR), Issue 5, pp. 279-288, 2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2432248

Pekka Savola (Contact Author)

University of Helsinki ( email )

University of Helsinki
Helsinki, FIN-00014
Finland

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