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The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has issued a preliminary ruling in a case referred by the Supreme Court of the Netherlands on the legality of websites and services offering the indexation of metadata relating to protected works, which enable internet users to locate copy-protected works and share them online.


  • The ECJ said that the making available and managing an online platform for sharing copyright-protected works may constitute an infringement of copyright, given that the operators of some platforms play an essential role in making those works available.

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  • Details the European Court of Justice's ruling in the long-running case brought by Stichting Brein against ISPs Ziggo and XS4ALL in an effort to force them to block the domain names and IP addresses of torrent tracker site The Pirate Bay.
  • Explains why the Court of Justice ruled in favor of Stichting Brein.

Key questions answered

  • Why has the case brought by Stichting Brein against Ziggo and XS4AL taken so long to resolve?
  • What reasons did the Court of Justice give in its ruling in favor of Stichting Brein?

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  • Summary
  • Holding back the tide of online music piracy
  • The long road to proving platform responsibility
  • TPB ruled responsible for copyright infringement


  • Author

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