Legal Harmony, or Litigation?

Select one form of intellectual property right. Consider how far EU law provides protection on the Internet for the intellectual property right you have selected. Evaluate whether reform is necessary and consider in what ways the law might be reformed.

For my final essay on the GDL (the law conversion course here in England), I chose to write on intellectual property law. I argued that legal uncertainty and lack of proper enforcement strategies results in fragmentation across the Member States. I earned a Distinction (75% UK) on the paper.

This essay (18 pages, double spaced) includes a brief synopsis of intellectual property right basics, followed by a justification of the European Union’s competency to legislate in this area. The third section contextualises the problem of copyright infringement on the internet, with a specific focus on online intermediary liability.

The analysis focused on three key Directives:

  • Directive 2001/29/EC regarding the harmonisation of copyright in the Information Society (InfoSoc)
  • Directive 2004/48/EC on the enforcement of intellectual property rights (the IPR Enforcement Directive, or IPRED)
  • Directive 2000/31/EC regarding electronic commerce in the Internal Market (eCommerce).

The cases discussed were:

  • C-324/09 L’Oreal v eBay
  • C-275/06 Promusicae v Telefónica de España
  • C-461/10 Bonnier Audio v ePhone
  • C-70/10 Scarlet Extended v SABAM
  • C-360/10 SABAM v Netlog
  • C-461/10 UPC Telekabel Wein v Constantin Film

© written September 2013
Distinction (75% UK)

You can read my full essay on Online Intermediary Liability here.

Please note, I have disabled printing and copy/paste privileges for this .pdf

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