|It's Katwards day!|
- Allposters [here and here], seemingly suggesting - in this Kat's opinion - that there is no such thing as a general principle of digital exhaustion under the InfoSoc Directive;
- Labianca [here and here], suggesting that the right of distribution encompasses even things like mere advertisement for sale of copyright works; and
- Reprobel [here], a decision likely to have a significant impact on national private copying levy systems, especially on consideration that fair compensation must be for an actual harm and the beneficiaries can only be those listed among the relevant rightholders in Article 2 of the InfoSoc Directive.
As this blog reported a few days ago, following initiatives in Germany and Spain, it is unclear whether the EU Commission intends to propose the adoption of an EU-wide ancillary right over news content.
Similarly, in the aftermath of the 2014 CJEU decision in Svensson [Katposts here] debate has intensified as to whether and under what conditions linking to protected content may fall within the scope of copyright protection and, as such, possibly amount to an infringement of the right of communication to the public within Article 3(1) of the InfoSoc Directive [for a Kat-table summarising what appears to be the current state of the law, click here].
not always so cute
Despite the enthusiasm or terror (depending on where you stand) surrounding content portability and geoblocking, linking is something that should be really addressed next year, as in the second half of 2016 the CJEU is likely to release two further judgments [see above] on this very issue.
Secondly, the enthusiastic posse of Star Wars fans also shows that entertainment over the years has been shifting from one-shot or finite series to content that can be enjoyed through different media and in different ways (eg at the cinema as well as in a videogame) and for which the end is never really in sight. Just think of the forthcoming Batman v Superman ...