Are hyperlinks covered by the right to communicate works to the public? The Svensson case
  • 1 Lecturer in Civil Law, Faculty of Law, University Autonoma, Madrid

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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