Court of Justice clarifies interaction between intellectual property rights and data protection in potential ‘copyright troll’ cases
The Court of Justice has just handed down its judgment in M.I.C.M. (C-597/19), a case on whether users of peer-to-peer networks carry out ‘acts of communication to the public’ for the purposes of EU rules protecting intellectual property rights of works shared on such networks without the authorisation of the holders of those rights.
The case stems from a request for a preliminary ruling by the Companies Court of Antwerp (Belgium), made in the context of a dispute between Mircom International Content Management Consulting Limited (M.I.C.M.) and Telenet BVBA, an internet service provider whose connections have been used by its Telenet customers to share films in M.I.C.M.’s catalogue on a peer-to-peer network. M.I.C.M. requested th