Wishing I knew more about German copyright law

…because that would put me in a better position to evaluate this:

WBG, a German publisher, today decided to drop its petition for a preliminary injunction against the Google Books Library Project. WBG (whose legal action was supported by the German Publishers Association as an industry model) made the decision after being told by the Copyright Chamber of the Regional Court of Hamburg that its petition was unlikely to succeed.

I feel like this is probably quite a good omen for GBS supporters; what little I’ve heard or read about European IP law in general has tended to make me think they’re not so friendly towards fair-use-based arguments over there…but maybe that’s a wrong impression?

In any case, I’ll be interested to see whether this will provoke any kind of response from the authors and publishers pursuing litigation against Google on this side of the Atlantic…

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One thought on “Wishing I knew more about German copyright law

  1. Copyright law in the EU is different from country to country, even though they’ve passed the EU Copyright Directive which was supposed to cover everyone. The concept of fair use isn’t the same in the member countries of the EU as it is in the US, but some countries to have similar protections (like the UK’s fair dealing). It’s hard to generalize. Making a generalization anyway (^_^), some our historically protected fair uses concepts aren’t proteced in the EU (especially in the above-mentioned directive), and the EU countries also tend to have much stronger moral rights laws.

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