Judgment of the Court (Grand Chamber) of 29 July 2019

Spiegel Online GmbH v Volker Beck

Request for a preliminary ruling from the Bundesgerichtshof

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 5(3) — Exceptions and limitations — Scope — Article 5(3)(c) and (d) — Reporting of current events — Quotations — Use of hyperlinks — Lawfully making available to the public — Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union — Article 11 — Freedom of expression and of information

Case C-516/17


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Document Date Name of the parties Subject-matter Curia EUR-Lex
Judgment (OJ)
06/09/2019 Spiegel Online
Judgment
ECLI:EU:C:2019:625
29/07/2019 Spiegel Online
EUR-Lex text EUR-Lex bilingual text
Abstract
ECLI:EU:C:2019:625
29/07/2019 Spiegel Online
Opinion
ECLI:EU:C:2019:16
10/01/2019 Spiegel Online
EUR-Lex text EUR-Lex bilingual text
Application (OJ)
03/11/2017 Spiegel Online
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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
    4.11.09 Harmonised intellectual property rights
      4.11.09.03 Copyright and related rights
1 The legal order of the European Union
  1.04 Fundamental rights
    1.04.03 The fundamental rights
      1.04.03.11 Freedom of expression and information
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
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
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

Operative part

Opinion


Dates

Date of the lodging of the application initiating proceedings

  • 25/08/2017

Date of the Opinion

  • 10/01/2019

Date of the hearing

Information not available

Date of delivery

29/07/2019


References

Publication in the Official Journal

Judgment: OJ C 319 from 23.09.2019, p.7

Application: OJ C 392 from 20.11.2017, p.14

Name of the parties

Spiegel Online

Notes on Academic Writings

  1. Griffiths, Jonathan : European Union copyright law and the Charter of Fundamental Rights - Advocate General Szpunar's Opinions in (C-469/17) Funke Medien, (C-476/17) Pelham GmbH and (C-516/17) Spiegel Online, ERA-Forum : scripta iuris europaei 2019 Vol.20 N°1 p.35-50 (EN)
  2. Hoeren, Thomas ; Duwel, Timm: Umfang des urheberrechtlichen Zitatrechts der Presse - Spiegel Online, Multimedia und Recht 2019 p.588-596 (DE)
  3. Dreier, Thomas: Grundrechte une die Schrnken des Urheberrechts, Gewerblicher Rechtsschutz und Urheberrecht INT 2019 p.1003-1008 (DE)
  4. Simon, Denys: Droits d'auteur et droits voisins, Europe 2019 Mois Comm. nº 10 p.39-40 (FR)
  5. Visser, D.J.G.: Pelham, Funke en Spiegel Online: beperkingen en grondrechten in het EU-auteursrecht, Ars aequi 2019 p.887-892 (NL)
  6. Visser, D.J.G.: Pelham, Funke en Spiegel Online: beperkingen en grondrechten in het EU-auteursrecht, Ars aequi 2019 p.887-892 (NL)
  7. Bruguière, Jean-Michel: Droit d'auteur et droits voisins, Propriétés intellectuelles 2019 n° 73 p.32-36 (FR)
  8. Stieper, Malte: Der Trans Europa Express ist aus Luxemburg zurück - auf dem Weg zu einer Vollharmonisierung der urheberrechtlichen Schranken, Zeitschrift für Urheber- und Medienrecht 2019 p.713-720 (DE)
  9. Goldhammer, Michael: Realitäten europäischer Kommunikationsgrundrechte und der lange Arm des Urhebers, Zeitschrift für Urheber- und Medienrecht 2019 p.727-731 (DE)
  10. Pomahač, Richard: Soudní dvůr EU : Užití literárního díla ve zpravodajství, Právní rozhledy : časopis pro všechna právní odvětví 2019 p.682-683 (CS)
  11. Dommering, Egbert: De arresten Funke Medien, Spiegel Online en Pelham van het HvJ EU van 29 juli 2019, AMI: Tijdschrift voor auteurs-, media & informatierecht 2019 p.185-191 (NL)
  12. Pabst, Alexander: Groβer kleiner Umsetzungsspielraum der Mitgliedsstaaten bei freien Werknutzungen, Ecolex 2019 p.971-972 (DE)
  13. Bruguière, Jean-Michel: L'équilibre des droits en matière de droit d'auteur selon la Cour de justice : toutes les exceptions, rien que les exceptions mais pas que les exceptions, La Semaine Juridique - édition générale 2019 nº 40 p.1725-1730 (FR)
  14. Homar, Philipp: Umsetzung und Anwendung der Urheberrechtsausnahmen: zugleich eine Anmerkung zu EuGH 29.07.2019, C-516/17, "Spiegel Online", MR-Int : Internationale Rundschau zum Medienrecht, IP- & IT-Recht 2019 p. 79-89 (DE)
  15. Rendas, Tito: Spiegel Online, C-516/17, Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice 2019 p. 265-267 (EN)
  16. Hugenholtz, P.B.: HvJ EU 29-07-2019, C-476/17 : noot, Nederlandse jurisprudentie ; Uitspraken in burgerlijke en strafzaken 2020 nº 43 p. 6068-6073 (NL)
  17. Synodinou, Tatiana Eleni: Reflections on the CJEU's judgment in the Spiegel Online case, European Intellectual Property Review 2020, Vol. 42, n° 2, p. 129-134 (EN)
  18. Bensamoun, Alexandra ; Sirinelli, Pierre: Exceptions (en général et en particulier), droits, liberté d’expression… : « je t’aime, moi non plus… », Revue internationale du droit d'auteur 2020 nº 263 p.93-114 (FR)
  19. Bensamoun, Alexandra ; Sirinelli, Pierre: Exceptions (in general and in particular), rights, freedom of expression...: ‘je t’aime, moi non plus...’, Revue internationale du droit d'auteur 2020 nº 263 p. 89-110 (EN)
  20. Geiger, Christophe ; Izyumenko, Elena: The Constitutionalization of Intellectual Property Law in the EU and the Funke Medien, Pelham and Spiegel Online Decisions of the CJEU : Progress, but Still Some Way to Go!, International Review of Intellectual Property and Competition Law 2020 p. 282-306 (EN)
  21. Jongsma, Daniël: Fundamental rights as external constraints on copyright law: horizontal effect of the EU Charter after Funke Medien and Spiegel Online : Case C-469/17 Funke Medien, Case C-516/17 Spiegel Online, Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice 2020 p. 1003-1011 (EN)
  22. Smartt, Ursula: Are bloggers and YouTubers journalists? : Buivids v Datu Valsts Inspekcija (C-345/17), Spiegel Online GmbH v Beck (C-516/17), European Intellectual Property Review 2020 p. 728-737 (EN)



Procedural Analysis Information

Source of the question referred for a preliminary ruling

Bundesgerichtshof - Germany

Subject-matter

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

Provisions of national law referred to

Information not available

Provisions of international law referred to

Information not available

Procedure and result

  • Reference for a preliminary ruling

Formation of the Court

grande chambre (Cour)

Judge-Rapporteur

Ilešič

Advocate General

Szpunar

Language(s) of the Case

  • German

Language(s) of the Opinion

  • French