Judgment of the Court (Third Chamber) of 22 December 2010.

Bezpečnostní softwarová asociace - Svaz softwarové ochrany v Ministerstvo kultury.

Reference for a preliminary ruling: Nejvyšší správní soud - Czech Republic.

Intellectual property - Directive 91/250/EEC - Legal protection of computer programs - Notion of ‘expression in any form of a computer program’ - Inclusion or non-inclusion of a program’s graphic user interface - Copyright - Directive 2001/29/EC - Copyrights and related rights in the information society - Television broadcasting of a graphic user interface - Communication of a work to the public.

Case C-393/09.


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Document Date Name of the parties Subject-matter Curia EUR-Lex
Judgment (OJ)
26/02/2011 Bezpečnostní softwarová asociace
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Judgment
ECLI:EU:C:2010:816
22/12/2010 Bezpečnostní softwarová asociace
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Judgment (Summary)
ECLI:EU:C:2010:816
22/12/2010 Bezpečnostní softwarová asociace
Opinion
ECLI:EU:C:2010:611
14/10/2010 Bezpečnostní softwarová asociace
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Application (OJ)
16/01/2010 Bezpečnostní softwarová asociace
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Reports of Cases

2010 I-13971

Subject-matter

Reference for a preliminary ruling - Nejvyšší správní soud - Interpretation of Article 1(2) of Council Directive 91/250/EEC of 14 May 1991 on the legal protection of computer programs (OJ 1991 L 122, p. 42) and Article 3(1), of European Parliament and Council Directive 2001/29/EC 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) – Whether or not the graphic user interface included in the expression "the expression in any form of a computer program" contained in Article 1(2) of Directive 91/250

Systematic classification scheme

1.
3 Legal proceedings
  3.04 Reference for a preliminary ruling
    3.04.02 Jurisdiction of the Court of Justice
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.11 Approximation of laws
    4.11.09 Harmonised intellectual property rights
      4.11.09.03 Copyright and related rights
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.11 Approximation of laws
    4.11.09 Harmonised intellectual property rights
      4.11.09.03 Copyright and related rights


Citations of case-law or legislation

References in grounds of judgment

  • Directive 91/250 : paragraphs 11, 29, 37
  • Directive 91/250 -A01 : paragraph 5
  • Directive 91/250 -A01P1 : paragraph 31
  • Directive 91/250 -A01P2 : paragraphs 1, 28, 31, 34, 42, 43, 51
  • Directive 91/250 -C7 : paragraphs 4, 32, 36
  • Directive 91/250 -C10 : paragraphs 4, 39
  • Directive 91/250 -C11 : paragraphs 4, 39
  • Decision 94/800 -A10P1 : paragraphs 3, 33
  • Directive 2001/29 : paragraphs 44, 45, 51
  • Directive 2001/29 -A01 : paragraph 8
  • Directive 2001/29 -A02LA : paragraph 9
  • Directive 2001/29 -A03P1 : paragraphs 1, 10, 52, 53, 57
  • Directive 2001/29 -C9 : paragraphs 6, 54
  • Directive 2001/29 -C10 : paragraphs 6, 54
  • Directive 2001/29 -C20 : paragraph 7
  • Directive 2001/29 -C23 : paragraphs 7, 54
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -85/95 : paragraph 25
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -306/05 : paragraph 54
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -392/05 : paragraph 43
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -64/06 : paragraphs 24 - 26
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -5/08 : paragraphs 30, 45
  • Court of Justice - Opinion C -393/09 : paragraphs 38, 49
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -393/09 : paragraph 56

Operative part

  • Interprets : Directive 91/250 -A01P2
  • Interprets : Directive 2001/29
  • Interprets : Directive 2001/29 -A03P1

Opinion

  • Directive 91/250 : points 1, 13, 43, 50, 52, 58
  • Directive 91/250 -A01 : point 15
  • Directive 91/250 -A01P1 : point 45
  • Directive 91/250 -A01P2 : points 3, 5, 29, 41, 44, 61, 66, 68, 78, 88
  • Directive 91/250 -A01P3 : point 67
  • Directive 91/250 -C1 : points 13, 58
  • Directive 91/250 -C2 : point 58
  • Directive 91/250 -C4 : point 13
  • Directive 91/250 -C5 : point 13
  • Directive 91/250 -C7 : point 62
  • Directive 91/250 -C10 : point 53
  • Decision 94/800 : point 8
  • Decision 94/800 -A10P1 : points 9, 51
  • Decision 2000/278 : point 10
  • Decision 2000/278 -A04 : point 11
  • Directive 2001/29 : point 76
  • Directive 2001/29 -A01P1 : point 16
  • Directive 2001/29 -A01P2LA : point 17
  • Directive 2001/29 -A02LA : points 6, 7, 18, 70, 74, 78, 82, 86 - 88
  • Directive 2001/29 -A03P1 : points 4, 7, 19, 29, 79, 81, 82, 88
  • Directive 2001/29 -C2 : point 76
  • Directive 2001/29 -C4 : point 76
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -302/04 : point 32
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -64/06 : point 33
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -5/08 : points 71, 74


Dates

Date of the lodging of the application initiating proceedings

  • 05/10/2009

Date of the Opinion

  • 14/10/2010

Date of the hearing

Information not available

Date of delivery

22/12/2010


References

Publication in the Official Journal

Application: OJ C 11 from 16.01.2010, p.14

Judgment: OJ C 63 from 26.02.2011, p.8

Name of the parties

Bezpečnostní softwarová asociace

Notes on Academic Writings

  1. Idot, Laurence: Programmes d'ordinateur et interfaces, Europe 2011 Février Comm. nº 2 p.44 (FR)
  2. Costes, Lionel: Protection des interfaces graphiques des logiciels : la position de la CJUE, Droit de l'immatériel : informatique, médias, communication 2011 nº 68 p.30-31 (FR)
  3. Lindhorst, Hermann: EuGH: Grafische Benutzeroberfläche genießt keinen Urheberrechtsschutz als Computerprogramm, Gewerblicher Rechtsschutz und Urheberrecht 2011 p.61 (DE)
  4. Marly, Jochen: Der Urheberrechtsschutz grafischer Benutzeroberflächen von Computerprogrammen, Gewerblicher Rechtsschutz und Urheberrecht 2011 p.204-208 (DE)
  5. Smith, Leigh J.: Whether Copyright Protects the Graphic User Interface of a Computer Program: Bezpečnostní softwarová asociace - Svaz softwarové ochrany contre Ministerstvo kultury (C-393/09), Computer and Telecommunications Law Review 2011 Vol. 17 Issue 3 p.70-72 (EN)
  6. Bitan, Hubert: L'interface graphique d'un logiciel constitue une oeuvre autonome distincte du logiciel, Droit de l'immatériel : informatique, médias, communication 2011 nº 70 p.13-19 (FR)
  7. Panagiotidou, E.: Dikaio Meson Enimerosis & Epikoinonias 2011 p.120-121 (EL)
  8. Kyst, Martin: Beskyttelse af edb-programmers grafiske brugergrænseflade: En afklaring, Ugeskrift for Retsvæsen B 2011 p.185-190 (DA)
  9. Pogácsás, Anett: A számítógépi program szerzői jogi védelméről - Számítógépi programok grafikus felhasználói felületének és annak televíziós sugárzásának szerzői jogi megítélése, Jogesetek Magyarázata 2011 nº 1 p.59-65 (HU)
  10. Van Rooijen, A.: AMI: Tijdschrift voor auteurs-, media & informatierecht 2011 p.99-101 (NL)
  11. Bassini, Marco: Diritto d'autore e tutelabilità dell'interfaccia grafica utente del software: alcuni importanti rilievi della Corte di giustizia, Diritto pubblico comparato ed europeo 2011 p.508-514 (IT)
  12. Hugenholtz, P.B.: Nederlandse jurisprudentie ; Uitspraken in burgerlijke en strafzaken 2011 nº 288 - 289 (NL)
  13. Dürager, Sonja: Die Schutzfähigkeit der Benutzeroberfläche im Immaterialgüterrecht, Österreichische Blätter für gewerblichen Rechtsschutz und Urheberrecht 2011 p.100-106 (DE)
  14. Triaille, Jean-Paul: L'arrêt "BSA" en matière de protection des logiciels, deux réponses fort étonnantes de la Cour de justice, DA, le droit des affaires / OR, het ondernemingsrecht 2012 p.112-118 (FR)
  15. Le Stanc, Christian: Droit du numérique. Logiciels: objet de la protection, Recueil Le Dalloz 2012 p.2343-2344 (FR)
  16. Triaille, Jean-Paul: Enfin des arrêts de la Cour de justice en matière de protection des logiciels, Journal des tribunaux 2012 p.833-835 (FR)
  17. : AIDA - Annali italiani del diritto d'autore, della cultura e dello spettacolo (Ed. Giuffrè-Milano) 2012 p.378-388 (IT)
  18. Holý, Martin: On the possibility of copyright protection of a graphic user interface of a computer program, LANDMARK IP DECISIONS OF THE EUROPEAN COURT OF JUSTICE 2008-2013 (Ed. Larcier - Brussels) 2014 p.111-115 (EN)
  19. Drobež, Eneja: Avtorsko delo - evropski in primerjalnopravni vidik na primeru del uporabne umetnosti, Pravna praksa 2015 nº 3-4 p.17-18 (SL)



Procedural Analysis Information

Source of the question referred for a preliminary ruling

Nejvyšší správní soud (Cour administrative suprême) - Czech Republic

Subject-matter

  • Approximation of laws
  • Intellectual, industrial and commercial property
  • - Copyright and related rights

Procedure and result

  • Reference for a preliminary ruling

Formation of the Court

troisième chambre (Cour)

Judge-Rapporteur

Arestis

Advocate General

Bot

Language(s) of the Case

  • Czech

Language(s) of the Opinion

  • French