Judgment of the Court (Second Chamber) of 14 June 2017

Stichting Brein v Ziggo BV and XS4All Internet BV

Request for a preliminary ruling from the Hoge Raad der Nederlanden

Reference for a preliminary ruling — Intellectual and industrial property — Directive 2001/29/EC — Harmonisation of certain aspects of copyright and related rights — Article 3(1) — Communication to the public — Definition — Online sharing platform — Sharing of protected files, without the consent of the rightholder

Case C-610/15


Top of the page Documents in the Case
Document Date Name of the parties Subject-matter Curia EUR-Lex
Judgment (OJ)
04/08/2017 Stichting Brein
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Judgment
ECLI:EU:C:2017:456
14/06/2017 Stichting Brein
EUR-Lex text EUR-Lex bilingual text
Judgment (Summary)
ECLI:EU:C:2017:456
14/06/2017 Stichting Brein
Opinion
ECLI:EU:C:2017:99
08/02/2017 Stichting Brein
EUR-Lex text EUR-Lex bilingual text
Application (OJ)
22/01/2016 Stichting Brein
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Top of the page Legal analysis of the decision or of the case

Reports of Cases

published in the electronic Reports of Cases (Court Reports - general)

Subject-matter

Information not available

Systematic classification scheme

1.
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.11 Approximation of laws
    4.11.01 Directives concerning approximation of law


Citations of case-law or legislation

References in grounds of judgment

  • Directive 2001/29 -A03P1 : paragraphs 1, 4, 18, 19, 21, 23 - 25, 29 - 31, 34, 39, 40, 43, 47, 48
  • Directive 2001/29 -A08P3 : paragraphs 1, 5
  • Directive 2001/29 -C9 : paragraphs 3, 22
  • Directive 2001/29 -C10 : paragraphs 3, 22
  • Directive 2001/29 -C23 : paragraphs 3, 6, 30
  • Directive 2001/29 -C27 : paragraphs 3, 38
  • Directive 2004/48 -A11 : paragraphs 1, 7
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -466/12 -N18 : paragraph 32
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -466/12 -N24 : paragraph 44
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -466/12 -N31 : paragraph 44
  • Court of Justice - Order C -348/13 -N14 : paragraph 44
  • Court of Justice - Order C -348/13 -N15 : paragraph 32
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -160/15 -N43 : paragraph 32
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -527/15 -N25 : paragraph 20
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -527/15 -N26 : paragraph 21
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -527/15 -N27 : paragraph 22
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -527/15 -N28 : paragraph 23
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -527/15 -N29 : paragraph 24
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -527/15 -N30 : paragraph 25
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -527/15 -N31 : paragraph 26
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -527/15 -N32 : paragraph 27
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -527/15 -N33 : paragraph 28
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -527/15 -N34 : paragraph 29
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -527/15 -N36 : paragraph 31
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -527/15 -N38 : paragraph 33
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -527/15 -N43 : paragraph 40
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -527/15 -N44 : paragraph 41
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -527/15 -N45 : paragraph 42
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -527/15 -N50 : paragraph 45
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -527/15 -N53 : paragraph 33

Operative part

  • Interprets : Directive 2001/29 -A03P1

Opinion


Dates

Date of the lodging of the application initiating proceedings

  • 18/11/2015

Date of the Opinion

  • 08/02/2017

Date of the hearing

Information not available

Date of delivery

14/06/2017


References

Publication in the Official Journal

Judgment: OJ C 277 from 21.08.2017, p.8

Application: OJ C 48 from 08.02.2016, p.13

Name of the parties

Stichting Brein

Notes on Academic Writings

  1. Kelly, Cliona: Facilitation of Peer-to-Peer File Sharing by The Pirate Bay and Copyright Infringement: Stichting Brein v Ziggo BV, Commercial Law Practitioner 2017 p.152-154 (EN)
  2. Rauer, Nils: Kommentar zu EuGH, Stichting Brein/Ziggo u.a. - The Pirate Bay – Rechteinhaber schließen die Bucht, Wettbewerb in Recht und Praxis 2017 p.939-940 (DE)
  3. Leistner, Matthias: Die „The Pirate Bay“-Entscheidung des EuGH: ein Gerichtshof als Ersatzgesetzgeber Matthias Leistner zur Fussnote *, Gewerblicher Rechtsschutz und Urheberrecht 2017 p.755-760 (DE)
  4. Skubic, Zoran: The Pirate Bay in pravo EU: že golo upravljanje in dajanje na voljo platform za spletno izmenjavo varovanih del krši avtorsko pravico, Pravna praksa 2017 nº 26 p.26-27 (SL)
  5. Fischer, Paul: Öffentliche Wiedergabe durch Peer-to-Peer Filesharing-Plattformen, Medien und Recht 2017 p.191-193 (DE)
  6. Koelman, K.J.: Het beschikbaar stellen en het beheer van een platform voor de uitwisseling van bestanden via internet dat, door de indexering van meta-informatie inzake beschermde werken en de verstrekking van een zoekmachine, de gebruikers van dit platform in staat stelt, of het makkelijker maakt, deze werken te vinden en deze in het kader van een peer-to-peernetwerk te delen, valt onder het begrip "mededeling aan het publiek" in de zin van artikel 3 lid I Auteursrechtrichtlijn, AMI: Tijdschrift voor auteurs-, media & informatierecht 2017 p.150-152 (NL)
  7. Roche, Olivia ; Drouard, Étienne: Pour la CJUE, les plateformes « peer‐to‐peer » réalisent des « actes de communication au public », Droit de l'immatériel : informatique, médias, communication 2017 nº 140 p.9-12 (FR)
  8. Simon, Denys: Communication au public, Europe 2017 Août Comm. nº 321 p.34-35 (FR)
  9. Hofmann, Franz: Öffentliche Wiedergabe durch Bereitstellung und Betrieb einer Filesharing-Plattform, Zeitschrift für Urheber- und Medienrecht 2017 p.750-752 (DE)
  10. Hofmann, Franz: Öffentliche Wiedergabe durch Bereitstellung und Betrieb einer Filesharing-Plattform, Zeitschrift für Urheber- und Medienrecht 2017 p.750-752 (DE)
  11. Quaedvlieg, A.A.: Handelen om toegang te verschaffen: noot bij The Pirate Bay, Berichten industriële eigendom 2018 p.270-273 (NL)
  12. Adobati, Enrica: Pirateria internet e diritti di autore, Diritto comunitario e degli scambi internazionali 2017 p.360-361 (IT)
  13. Cassiers, Vincent: Arrêt "Ziggo" : la plate-forme Youtube sera-t-elle bientôt hors-la-loi ?, Journal de droit européen 2017 nº 243 p.359-360 (FR)
  14. Duțu, Andrei: Protecția europeană a drepturilor de autor. Problematica serviciilor online de distribuție și partajare peer-to-peer, Pandectele Romane: repertoriu trimestrial de jurisprudenta, doctrina si legislatie 2017 Vol. 4 p.241-244 (RO)
  15. Treppoz, Edouard: Droit européen de la propriété intellectuelle, Revue trimestrielle de droit européen 2017 n°4 p.864-868 (FR)
  16. Hugenholtz, P.B.: Nederlandse jurisprudentie ; Uitspraken in burgerlijke en strafzaken 2018 nº 13 p.1700-1705 (NL)



Procedural Analysis Information

Source of the question referred for a preliminary ruling

Hoge Raad der Nederlanden - Netherlands

Subject-matter

  • Freedom of establishment
  • Freedom to provide services
  • Approximation of laws
  • Intellectual, industrial and commercial property

Procedure and result

  • Reference for a preliminary ruling
  • Reference for a preliminary ruling : case not proceeding to judgment

Formation of the Court

deuxième chambre (Cour)

Judge-Rapporteur

Ilešič

Advocate General

Szpunar

Language(s) of the Case

  • Dutch

Language(s) of the Opinion

  • French