New European Ruling on Copyright Infringement of Photographic Material on the Internet

According to the Politico website, with effect from August 7, 2018, internet users must ask for a photographer’s permission before publishing their images, even if the photos were already freely accessible elsewhere online, the European Court of Justice ruled.

Please note the implications of this ruling relating to copyrighted material on this website.

“The posting on a website of a photograph that was freely accessible on another website with the consent of the author requires a new authorisation by that author,” the EU’s top court said in a statement.

“The Court goes on to hold that, subject to the exceptions and limitations laid down exhaustively in that directive, any use of a work by a third party without such prior consent must be regarded as infringing the copyright of that work.”