Op-Ed: “Enforcing copyright in accordance with data protection law: the Court of Justice’s M.I.C.M. ruling” by Meinhard Schröder
The relationship between intellectual property (IP) and IT is an ambivalent one. On the one hand, IT enables creators to present their work to a large audience, in particular by way of streaming content. On the other hand, IT enables everyone to easily exchange files, including files with copyrighted content. Since the early 2000s, the sharing of copyrighted material has become a major economic problem (‘internet piracy’), in particular for the music and movie industry.
It had always been common sense that internet piracy could not be right, but a very low risk of negative consequences – at least for those who only received files and did not share in exchange, contrary to the Bible (Acts 20:35) and the idea of file sharing (Opinio