The inclusion of YouTube videos does not violate the Copyright


Copyright YouTubeOn October 21st, 2014, the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled that the embedding, or the practice of publishing a video of the property of others on your site or blog or web page without permission, but through its own code, not constitute a breach of the crime of copyright.

The decision of the Court has been given in the case brought in Germany by BestWater, a company that makes water filters, against two officers of a competitor alleged to have incorporated into their web pages, without prior authorization, a video commercial the BestWater had posted on YouTube.

According to the judges in Luxembourg, in fact, the spread of a video others already published, because the owner has made it accessible from another site in itself is not a new or different communication to the public within the meaning of EU Directive 2001/29 / EC on copyright, to the extent that is not altered. This is because the author, in making public the contents, he decided to release it and then make it available to anyone.

Copyright, then, according to the European Court, it is no longer an obstacle to those who use the web to share and link to other content.

In fact, in the past, in the case Svensson, the same Court of Justice considered that place a link on its website, which contained references a page on another site, it is not illegal, as long as the site of “destination” is open to general traffic that is not restricted by passwords or access codes.

Indeed, all the times that the site “linked” is the site where you will find the content “original” is freely accessible, sharing is legal.

The full text of the decision of the Court of Justice is not available on the official website of the EU court, but on the German site, specializing in the field of copyright and online piracy, which received a copy of the text directly from the defense lawyers .

It should be noted that the decision of the judges in Luxembourg, is in contrast to the orientation Community until now the majority, that equates the practice of incorporation of video to unauthorized publications.

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