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Copyright ruling challenges internet practices on posting photos

Postby MrFredPFL » Wed Aug 08, 2018 8:45 pm

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Website operators cannot lift copyrighted media lawfully posted elsewhere on the internet without first obtaining the rights holder's permission to publish the image themselves, the EU's highest court has ruled.

The judgment issued by the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) on Tuesday means the creators of media content have the right to choose which websites their content appears on and to receive payment from websites that publish their work.

The ruling applies even if the media has been published elsewhere online with the rights holder's permission and if there are no technical restrictions preventing the media from being downloaded by others.

It is not enough for website operators to include a reference to where they sourced media from when publishing that media on their own sites. However, the CJEU confirmed that website operators can link to copyright-protected media published with the rights holder's permission elsewhere online without having to gain permission from, or pay, the rights holder to do so.

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