Language of document :

Request for a preliminary ruling from the Bundesgerichtshof (Germany) lodged on 31 March 2017 — Land Nordrhein-Westfalen v Dirk Renckhoff

(Case C-161/17)

Language of the case: German

Referring court


Parties to the main proceedings

Applicant: Land Nordrhein-Westfalen

Defendant: Dirk Renckhoff

Question referred

Does the inclusion of a work — which is freely accessible to all internet users on a third-party website with the consent of the copyright holder — on a person’s own publicly accessible website constitute a making available of that work to the public within the meaning of Article 3(1) of Directive 2001/29/EC 1 if the work is first copied onto a server and is uploaded from there to that person’s own website?


1 Directive 2001/29/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 May 2001 on the harmonisation of certain aspects of copyright and related rights in the information society, OJ 2001 L 167, p. 10.