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Fine imposed for disparaging former employer online
  • Baker & McKenzie
  • France
  • March 16 2012

Believing his dismissal was unjustified, a former employee of an insurance company created a new social networking profile and used a pseudonym to disparage his former employer


Three authorities may be merged
  • Baker & McKenzie
  • France
  • March 29 2011

During a public speech, the Minister for the Digital Economy declared that he wished to unify the three authorities in charge of audiovisual (CSA), telecommunications (Acrep) and radio frequency (ANFR) into one authority


The High Court of Paris dismisses suit by collecting society against video sharing site
  • Baker & McKenzie
  • France
  • July 19 2011

The High Court of Paris has rejected a legal action for alleged "acts of infringement" initiated by the Civil Society of Phonogram Producers in France (SPPF), the French collecting society managing the rights of independent record producers, against YouTube


HADOPI decrees published
  • Baker & McKenzie
  • France
  • October 19 2010

The Decree relating to the procedure applicable before the High Authority of Diffusion of the Artworks and Protection of Rights on Internet (HADOPI) Commission has been published in the Official Journal


TV production company ordered to pay nearly 1 million to the participants of a reality TV show
  • Baker & McKenzie
  • France
  • July 14 2011

The Court of Appeal of Versailles has held that 56 participants of the reality TV show called "L’Ile de la Tentation" are employees under French labour law


Organisation in charge of collecting the private copying levy held liable for damages
  • Baker & McKenzie
  • France
  • March 28 2012

Since France's rate for the private copy levy is one of the highest in Europe, Rueducommerce, an e-commerce website, argued that it lost customers because online merchants located in other EU Member States which do not have such a levy system can sell their goods at a lower price compared to online merchants located in France


Court prevents music company from pulling out songs from online music service
  • Baker & McKenzie
  • France
  • November 3 2011

In a summary judgment dated 5 September 2011, the Paris Court rejected Universal's request to order Deezer, an online music service, to remove all of Universal's songs from Deezer's free music catalogue


Court upholds imprisonment and fine of administrator of BitTorrent website
  • Baker & McKenzie
  • France
  • October 25 2011

Following a complaint by the French rights holder group, SACEM, in June 2008, police arrested the administrator of two BitTorrent related sites - torrentnews.net, a links forum, and torrent-public-center.com, a meta-search engine


Advertising does not affect the status of hosting provider
  • Baker & McKenzie
  • France
  • January 21 2011

The Paris Court of Appeal has confirmed, once again, Dailymotion's status as a hosting provider


Search engines for real estate advertisements deemed lawful
  • Baker & McKenzie
  • France
  • May 3 2012

Several websites (the Websites) have been sued for automatically listing real estate advertisements posted on other websites and providing links to the web pages where the advertisements are posted