Bezpečnostní softwarová asociace – Svaz softwarové ochrany v Ministerstvo kultury, Case C-393/09

Following a reference from the Czech Regional Court, the ECJ has ruled that a graphic user interface (GUI) cannot be protected by copyright as a computer program under Directive 91/250/EEC. However, they did emphasise that a GUI can be protected by copyright, as a work, under Directive 2001/29/EC if that interface is its author’s own intellectual creation. In response to the second question put to it, the ECJ held that a television broadcasting of a GUI does not constitute communication to the public of a work protected by copyright within the meaning of Article 3(1) of Directive 2001/29.

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MGN Ltd and others v Grisbrook [2010] EWCA Civ 1399

The Court of Appeal has upheld the High Court's decision that a licence from a freelance photographer who provided photographs to the Daily Mirror did not cover commercial exploitation of archive websites containing back copies of the Daily Mirror. Such a term could not be implied in the licence since, at the time the licence was granted, online exploitation was not in the joint contemplation of the parties.

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