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Wednesday, 21 July 2004

LATEST EUROPEAN COPYRIGHT CASES


The July issue of Sweet & Maxwell's bimonthly European Copyright and Design Reports has now been published. It contains, among other cases, English translations of the following:

* Vereniging Buma an Stichting Stemra v KaZaA (Netherlands Supreme Court):  supplier of peer-to-peer software for exchange of software held not liable for copyright infringements carried out by users of that software; appeal dismissed.

* Public Prosecutor v Jon Lech Johansen (Bogarting Appellate Court, Norway): the prosecutor's appeal against the dismissal of criminal charges against a celebrated DVD security system decoder dismissed.

* Tachon Diffusion SA v Marshoes (Cour de Cassation, France): whether a contract for the sale of a consignment of shoes is invalid on the ground that the shoes' lacing infringes design right;

* Sami v Hotell Du Nord (Supreme Court, Sweden): reasonable remuneration and restraint of trade in respect of the levying of retransmission rights;

* SISRO v Ampersand Software (Cour de Cassation, France): exclusive jurisdiction where copyright infringement proceedings are commenced in France in respect of infringing acts done outside France.

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