Judgment of the Court (Second Chamber) of 7 August 2018 (request for a preliminary ruling from the Bundesgerichtshof — Germany) — Land Nordrhein-Westfalen v Dirk Renckhoff

(Case C-161/17) 1

(Reference for a preliminary ruling — Copyright and related rights — Directive 2001/29/EC — Information society — Harmonisation of certain aspects of copyright and related rights — Article 3(1) — Communication to the public — Concept — Publication online, without the consent of the rightholder, of a photograph previously published on another website without any restrictions and with the consent of the rightholder — New public)

Language of the case: German

Referring court


Parties to the main proceedings

Appellant on a point of law: Land Nordrhein-Westfalen

Respondent in the appeal on a point of law: Dirk Renckhoff

Operative part of the judgment

The concept of ‘communication to the public’, within the meaning of Article 3(1) of 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, must be interpreted as meaning that it covers the posting on one website of a photograph previously posted, without any restriction preventing it from being downloaded and with the consent of the copyright holder, on another website.


1 OJ C 231, 17.7.2017.