Queen Mary Journal of Intellectual Property

Are hyperlinks covered by the right to communicate works to the public? The Svensson case

C-466/12 Nils Svensson and Others v Retriever Sverige AB (13 February 2014)

Gemma Minero *

Keywords: copyright and related rights, communication to the public, internet links


On February 13, 2014, the Court of Justice of the European Union handed down its long-awaited judgment in C-466/12 Svensson and Others v Retriever Sveriege. The Court of Justice found that hyperlinks to open websites were not a communication to a new public. It also concluded that the Information Society Directive (2001/21) provides a complete harmonization of the communication to the public right.

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