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ECJ advocate general Maciej Szpunar has published an opinion stating that the operator of a business that offers a Wi-Fi network free of charge to the public is not liable for copyright infringements committed by users of that network.


  • The opinion follows a case dating back to 2010 which concerns a trader that operates a free Wi-Fi network being accused by Sony Music Germany of copyright infringement.

Features and Benefits

  • Details the case of a private Wi-Fi network owner and his responsibilities with regards to copyright protection.
  • Assesses an ECJ advocate general's view of the case.

Key questions answered

  • Are private Wi-Fi network owners in the EU responsible for the content downloaded through that network?
  • What are the implications of the advocate general's opinion in the case?

Table of contents

Ovum view

  • Summary
  • Open Wi-Fi networks and the question of copyright liability
  • Munich court rules for SME
  • The opinion favors the individual network owner


  • Author

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