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“Sociedade Portuguesa de Autores”

Decision of the European Court of Justice (Third Chamber) 14 July 2015 – Case No. C-151/15

The concept of ‘communication to the public’ within the meaning of Article 3(1) of Directive 2001/29/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 May 2001 on the harmonisation of certain aspects of copyright and related rights in the information society must be interpreted as meaning that it covers the transmission, by operators of a café-restaurant, of musico-literary works broadcast by a radio broadcasting station, by means of a radio apparatus connected to loudspeakers and/or amplifiers, to the customers present in that establishment.

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Official headnotes. For a comment on this decision by Sofia Filgueiras, see this issue of IIC at doi:10.1007/s40319-016-0444-2.

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Sociedade Portuguesa de Autores CRL v. Ministério Público, Carlos Manuel Prata Pereira Sá Meneses, Sandra Carla Ferreira Cardoso, and Douros Bar Lda Directive 2001/29/EC, Art. 3(1); Rules of Procedure, Art. 99. “Sociedade Portuguesa de Autores”. IIC 47, 100 (2016).

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