When Does a Communication to the Public Under EU Copyright Law Need to Be to a ‘New Public’?
European Law Review, Forthcoming
21 Pages Posted: 2 Jul 2020
Date Written: July 1, 2020
This article analyses CJEU case law on the notion of ‘new public’ in the context of the right of communication to the public in EU copyright law, with a focus on Article 3(1) of the InfoSoc Directive. It investigates its origin, use and development, as well as the justifications given for such use. By identifying for the first time four distinct groups of case law, the analysis shows how the role of the ‘new public’ has changed over time. If intended as a requirement, the ‘new public’ creates undue complexity in the reasoning of the CJEU in most instances. While others have suggested that the CJEU should disregard this notion altogether, this article proposes a less radical way for the CJEU to ‘escape’ the difficulties inherent to its own jurisprudence.
Keywords: Copyright; Communication to the Public; New Public; CJEU; EU; EU Copyright
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