Media law


Zijn adblockers effectief diefstal?

Zijn adblockers effectief diefstal?
22/10/2015

Vorige week toonden de online kranten in België zich bijzonder strijdlustig tegen de aan populariteit winnende adblocker software. Een juridisch precedent zou in de maak zijn. Maar wat is er dan mis met deze consumentvriendelijke software? Adblockers zijn toch de oplossing bij uitstek tegen de wildgroei aan agressieve reclame pop-ups en banners, die vaak ook nog eens de computer van de gebruiker kunnen besmetten met malware?

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Mr. Tom Heremans

Brussels Court of Appeal rules that the operator of satellite television must not pay royalties to the collecting society AGICOA, in the aftermath of the Airfield decision of the Court of Justice
13/10/2015

When the company Airfield (now called Eviso) started offering satellite television services in Belgium under the brands TV Vlaanderen and (later) TéléSat, it was sued by two collecting societies which claimed payment of royalties for their members. According to the collecting societies, Airfield made a communication to the public for which the consent of the collecting societies' members had not been obtained and hence royalties were due. According to Airfield, however, there was only a single communication to the public initiated by the broadcasters and if they paid royalties to the collecting societies, no extra payment could be due by the satellite operator.

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Mr. Steven De Schrijver

Drones and Privacy: Belgian Privacy Commission Approves Draft Royal Decree
15/08/2015

Until a couple of years ago, drones, or remotely piloted aircraft systems (“RPAS”), were only used for military purposes. Recently, however, the technology has been further developed, as a result of which drones have not only become smaller, more practical and less expensive, they can and are also used for civil or commercial purposes, such as infrastructure monitoring, photography or even transport of goods and people. Real estate agencies already use drones to take pictures of private properties. Amazon is testing a drone delivery system to send packages to its customers and Domino’s did the same for its delivery of pizzas. While no one seems to question the potential social and economic benefits of drones, in particular as regards jobs and growth, their use by private companies and individuals for economic or other purposes does raise a number of important concerns.

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Real start of the European Commission's e-commerce sector inquiry: be alert!

Real start of the European Commission's e-commerce sector inquiry: be alert!
23/06/2015

In March of this year Commissioner Vestager announced the proposal of an EU-wide sector inquiry into e-commerce. This week the e-commerce sector inquiry has been effectively put on the rails.

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Bhaalu case: Flemish Media Regulator rules in favor of broadcasters Medialaan, SBS Belgium, and VRT in their suit against Right Brain Interface

Bhaalu case: Flemish Media Regulator rules in favor of broadcasters Medialaan, SBS Belgium, and VRT in their suit against Right Brain Interface
09/06/2015

Right Brain Interface NV is a young technology company that has created a remote DVR (digital video recording) storage service called Bhaalu. In essence, this service allows its subscribers to record the television shows, which they can watch according to their TV channels' subscription and store them on servers owned by the unincorporated association of Bhaalu users ("in the cloud"). This way, Bhaalu users can watch TV shows on demand up to 3 months after they have been aired.

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Mr. Patrick Van Eecke

Cookies: Belgian Privacy Commission publishes official guidance
08/06/2015

Almost one year after the publication of the draft version, the Belgian Privacy Commission has recently issued the final version of its recommendation regarding the use of cookies.

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Mr. Peter L'Ecluse
Mr. Thibaut D'hulst

Antwerp Commercial Court Issues Injunction Closing Down Collaborative Video Recorder Provider Bhaalu
18/12/2014

On 4 November 2014, the Commercial Court of Antwerp ("the Court") issued a cease and desist order against NV Right Brain Interface ("RBI") to close down the collaborative video recording service "Bhaalu". The Court held that the service infringed copyright and neighbouring rights and that RBI had acted as an intermediary in the infringement.

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“Collaboratieve videorecorder” Bhaalu verboden door rechtbank

“Collaboratieve videorecorder” Bhaalu verboden door rechtbank
11/11/2014

Terwijl op de achtergrond Netflix in België gelanceerd werd en Telenet naarstig verder werkt aan eigen content in concurrentie met de televisiezenders en zo onvermijdelijk ook in België het televisielandschap aan een (r)evolutie bezig is die de manier waarop wij tv kijken en de manier waarop productiehuizen, televisiezenders en distributeurs geld verdienen definitief zal veranderen, ging de afgelopen weken de strijd tussen de Vlaamse zenders VTM, VRT en SBS enerzijds en het bedrijf achter de online opnamedienst Bhaalu een volgende fase in.

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Mr. Peter L'Ecluse
Mr. Thibaut D'hulst

ECJ Ruling on Meaning of ‘Parody’
10/10/2014

On 3 September 2014, the ECJ handed down its judgment in Case C-201/13 Deckmyn en Vrijheidsfonds in which it gave guidance regarding the parody exception to copyright under Article 5.3(k) of Directive 2001/29/EC ("InfoSoc Directive").

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Mr. Erik Valgaeren
Mr. GĂ©rald Origer

Search engine activities are subject to data protection rules when processing online personal data
02/09/2014

On 13 May 2014 the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) rendered a decision in a case in which the Court had to answer important questions relating to the material and territorial scope of application of the Data Protection Directive 95/46 on search engine activities and to a data subject’s “right to be forgotten”.

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