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Copyright holders can only control third party hyperlinking to their material (using the right of communication to the public) where linked material is not already freely available to the public

  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
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  • European Union, United Kingdom
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  • February 13 2014

The CJEU has held today that the owner of a website may, without the authorisation of the copyright holders, redirect internet users, via hyperlinks

High Court orders BT to block its customers from accessing an unlawful file sharing site

  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
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  • United Kingdom
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  • August 10 2011

In the first decision of its kind in the UK, the High Court has held that an Internet Service Provider ("ISP"), in this case BT, must block its customers from accessing an unlawful file sharing site (www.newzbin.com) on the basis that, under s97A Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 ("CDPA"), BT had "actual knowledge" of its customers using its service to infringe copyright (in this case the copyright in films and television programmes owned by certain well-known studios

Government responds to the Hargreaves Review

  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
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  • United Kingdom
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  • August 5 2011

The Government has published its response to Professor Ian Hargreaves' independent review of IP and growth, Digital Opportunity