Case C-610/15, Stichting Brein – seeking website blocks to stop peer to peer technology

People may use telecoms networks to pass information to each other. Some websites such as that run by The Pirate Bay allow people to download software that enables them to pass small pieces of information around a telecoms network. The question in this case is whether a Dutch court can order telecoms companies to block their customers’ access to websites like The Pirate Bay in order to stop presumed copyright infringement from taking place. More

Case C-527/15, Stichting Brein – copyright brain-teasers about media players

People are using ‘media players’ to watch films and television via streaming websites. However, what is to be done where the owner of the copyright in the films has not consented to his films being available on those websites? Is it possible for him to go after not the website owner but the manufacturers of media players by claiming that it is the media player machines that are communicating copyright works to the public? And if so, then can the manufacturer of a media player escape liability by raising a defence that his machine is merely enabling a user to make a ‘lawful use’ copy of the copyright-protected work for the purposes of the EU’s ‘InfoSoc’ Directive 2001/29? More

Case C-117/15, Reha Training – communicating copyright protected works not to the public but to private patients

Reha Training runs a recuperation and physiotherapy centre for injured patients. A couple of the rooms in its centre were each equipped with a television set. Staff left these sets on for anyone in those rooms to watch television. The centre is now being sued for copyright infringement. It is alleged that these sets are communicating copyright-protected works to the public, and the centre has not paid for the right to do this. The centre denies any legal liability; in its view, its patients do not form a legally-relevant ‘public’. More