8 Aug 2019 | News

Attorney Viktoria Kraetzig in the F.A.Z. on the decision of the European Court of Justice on the question of whether the basic rights of communication of third parties can justify a limitation of copyright beyond the standard limits.

Within the framework of two preliminary ruling proceedings - known as "Afghanistan Papers" and "Reformist Awakening" - the Federal Supreme Court (BGH) referred a question to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) which has always been controversial in copyright law: Can the basic communication rights of third parties justify a restriction of copyright beyond the standard limits? Viktoria Kraetzig writes in F.A.Z. Einspruch that copyright law has long been used specifically to suppress the publication of unpleasant information. With this decision, the European Court of Justice is giving its blessing to the abuse of copyright as a right of censorship.