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CJEU Case C-637/19 / Judgment


Policy area:
Audiovisual and media
Deciding Body type:
Court of Justice of the European Union
Deciding Body:
Court (Fifth Chamber)
Decision date:

Key facts of the case:

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 3(1) – Communication to the public – Notion of ‘public’ – Transmission by electronic means to a court of a protected work as evidence in court proceedings.

Outcome of the case:

On those grounds, the Court (Fifth Chamber) hereby rules:

Article 3(1) of 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 must be interpreted as meaning that the concept of ‘communication to the public’, referred to in that provision, does not cover the transmission by electronic means of a protected work to a court, as evidence in judicial proceedings between individuals.