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I must say, this is not a victory for European Justice. This is a victory for redundancy, senseless judgment, and principles of profit maximizing capitalism.

EU's top court backs copyright holder in landmark ruling

The Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) ruling came after a secondary school student in Germany downloaded a photograph of Cordoba from a travel website to illustrate a presentation which was then published on the school website.

Photographer Dirk Renckhoff then sued the city of Waltrop and North Rhine-Westphalia for copyright infringement and 400€ in damages. A German court then sought guidance from the Luxembourg-based ECJ, which went against a non-binding opinion from its adviser four months ago.

because Dirk is an asshole
"The posting on a website of a photograph that was freely accessible on another website with the consent of the author requires a new authorisation by that author," judges said.

"By posting on the internet, the photograph is made available to a new public [wtf]," they said. Judges said posting a work online was different from hyperlinks [?!]

which lead users to another website and thus contribute to the smooth functioning of the internet.
OTOH, the ECJ has again successfully asserted its undisputed authority to judge any dispute. Good going!

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Aug 8th, 2018 at 04:13:27 PM EST
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