Category Archives: Copyright & royalties

Italy’s Competition Authority fines the sending of mass injunctions for online copyright infringement

online copyright infringement

Italy’s Competition Authority sanctioned, by decision taken on the 3rd October 2022, a company specialized in copyright protection, together with its lawyer, for the mass sending of standard compensation requests to Italian micro-companies due to the alleged online copyright infringement of some photographs. The proceeding started last year on the basis of a report of […]

An industrial design object without artistic value is not an intellectual work

industrial design

Judgement no. 302 of the Italian Supreme Court of Cassation delivered on August 1, 2022 upholds what it has been already stated in previous rulings (Cass. civ., sez. I, n. 23292 of 2015 and Cass. civ., sez. I, n. 7477 of 2017) regarding the copyright protection of a product intended for mass production. If an […]

The use of the image of a famous person is lawful if it shows them in activities connected to their notoriety

image of a famous person

In a case concerning a well-known football player, who later on became a politician, Italy’s Supreme Court of Cassation – after an attentive analysis of the facts of the dispute – quashed the judgement no. 5246 of December 14, 2017 issued by the Courts of Appeals of Milan confirming the decision of the Court of […]

Music piracy: the Court of Milan accepts the appeal of Sony, Universal and Warner against Cloudflare  

music piracy

With judgment of July 11th 2022, the Court of Milan accepted the appeal presented by Sony, Universal and Warner against Cloudflare Inc., ordering to block the DNS resolution of any website allowing to unlawfully download torrent files. The DNS (Domain Name System) is a system which allows to convert the numeric strings composing the IP […]