Language of document :

Request for a preliminary ruling from the Tribunal da Relação de Coimbra (Portugal) lodged on 30 March 2015 — Sociedade Portuguesa de Autores CRL v Ministério Público

(Case C-151/15)

Language of the case: Portuguese

Referring court

Tribunal da Relação de Coimbra

Parties to the main proceedings

Applicant: Sociedade Portuguesa de Autores CRL

Defendant: Ministério Público

Questions referred

Is the concept of the communication of works to the public within the meaning of Article 3(1) of Directive 2001/29 1 to be interpreted as encompassing the transmission of broadcast works in commercial premises such as bars, cafes, restaurants or other such establishments with similar characteristics, via television receiving apparatus, where the transmission of such works is amplified by speakers or amplifiers, thus constituting, in that context, a new use of copyright-protected works?

Does the use of speakers and/or amplifiers, that is, technical means other than television broadcast reception equipment, to amplify broadcast sound have any affect on the answer to the first question?



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).