Fundamental rights in EU copyright law: an overview

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Fundamental rights have been serving diferent functions in the copyright case law of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). Most notably, the Court has confrmed time and again that fundamental rights have horizontal efects, asserting that the copyright acquis must be interpreted in light of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU and in a way that expresses a “fair balance” between competing rights. In assessing that balance, the Court recurrently weighs various Charter rights. On the one hand, copyright itself is protected under the fundamental right to property enshrined in Article 17. On the other hand, the CJEU has been increasingly relying on users’ fundamental rights - namely, freedom of expression and information, the right to the protection of personal data, the freedom of the arts, the right to education and the freedom to conduct a business - as counterweights to the proprietary interests of rightholders. These rights have been employed by the CJEU mainly in relation to three aspects of copyright law: (i) ownership and scope of protection, (ii) exceptions and (iii) enforcement measures. This chapter provides a sketch of the infuence exerted by fundamental rights in these areas, with particular emphasis on CJEU case law.
Idioma originalEnglish
Título da publicação do anfitriãoThe Routledge Handbook of EU Copyright Law
EditoresEleonora Rosati
Local da publicaçãoLondon
EditoraTaylor and Francis - Balkema
Número de páginas21
ISBN (eletrónico)9781003156277
ISBN (impresso)9780367436964
Estado da publicaçãoPublished - 1 jan 2021

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