In GRUR issue 8/2022, 558 of April 15, 2022, BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT partner and attorney at law Dr. Martin Schaefer comments on a decision of the European Court of Justice of March 24, 2022 – C-433/20 (Austro-Mechana/Strato) on the mandatory statutory remuneration for private copies of protected works stored in the cloud.
The background is the legal dispute between GEMA´s Austrian sister organisation, Austro-Mechana, and Strato AG, a German provider of cloud services. The Vienna Higher Regional Court had submitted a request for a preliminary ruling to the European Court of Justice, concerning two questions relating to Art. 5 II lit. b InfoSoc Directive (2001/29).
In his note to the ECJ judgement in GRUR 2022, 558, Dr. Martin Schaefer comments on the argumentation, employed by the ECJ, followed by conclusions presenting ideas for new ways to deal with the situation created by the CJEU´s ruling.
Users of GRUR can download the commentary by Dr. Martin Schaefer here.