Saturday 10 December 2016

Businesses must be extra vigilant about internet infringement after EU court rulings

Grainne Murphy

Published 07/10/2016 | 02:30

Those who use hyperlinks on the internet, particularly businesses, may be liable for copyright infringement if they are linking to unauthorised copyright material (Stock picture)
Those who use hyperlinks on the internet, particularly businesses, may be liable for copyright infringement if they are linking to unauthorised copyright material (Stock picture)

The internet is not a lawless wild west, and hasn't been for some time. The EU's highest court, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), has been laying down the law in a series of decisions that relate to the internet, including creating the 'right to be forgotten'.

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In the last two weeks, copyright infringement online was the hot topic for the CJEU. It issued two important decisions in that area that are immediately binding in Ireland and have important consequences for Irish businesses and individuals.

Businesses providing free wifi may now be required, by a court order, to password-protect their networks and to require users to identify themselves before accessing the network.

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