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Case Note on “Loudspeakers in Bars” and “Sociedade Portuguesa de Autores”

Decisions of the Supreme Court (Supremo Tribunal de Justiça) – 13 November 2013 – Case No. 15/2013 and of the European Court of Justice (Third Chamber) – 14 July 2015 – Case No. C-151/15

Abstract

This case note takes a look at the dilemma with which the Second Instance Court of Coimbra, Portugal, is confronted as the CJEU preliminary ruling it requested on the concept of “communication to the public” in the case Sociedade Portuguesa de Autores offers, for similar facts, a fully different interpretation than an authoritative decision of the Supreme Court of Portugal. Delving, in particular, into the argumentation of the Supreme Court, this comment seeks to present a conciliatory solution for the still pending proceedings at the Court of Coimbra.

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    Sociedade Portuguesa de Autores, C-151/15, ECLI:EU:C:2015:468. For a translation of the headnotes in English see this issue of IIC at doi:10.1007/s40319-015-0437-6.

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    The decision is even questioned to be the most predictable CJEU order ever on the influential blog “IPKat”: http://ipkitten.blogspot.de/2015/08/c-15105-most-predictable-cjeu-order-ever.html (accessed 7 January 2016).

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    Football Association League and Others, C-403/08, ECLI:EU:C:2011:631.

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    Loudspeakers in Bars, Portuguese Supreme Court of Justice, decision No. 15/2013 of 13 November 2013; for a translation of the decision in English, see this issue of IIC at doi:10.1007/s40319-015-0441-x.

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    “Communication to the public of the broadcasted work – Remuneration is also due to the author for the communication to the public of the broadcasted work, by loudspeakers or any other analogous instrument, transmitter of signs, sounds or images.” (Translated by the author).

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    Oliveira Ascensão, J., Direito de Autor e Direitos Conexos, 2008, pp. 296 et seqq.

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    Oliveira Ascensão, J., Direito de Autor e Direitos Conexos, 2008, pp. 310 et seqq.

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    Oliveira Ascensão, J., Direito de Autor e Direitos Conexos, 2008, pp. 311 et seqq.

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    Svensson and Others, C-466/12, ECLI:EU:C:2014:76, 45 IIC 466 (2014). doi:10.1007/s40319-014-0210-2

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    BestWater International, C-348/13, ECLI:EU:C:2014:2315, 46 IIC 362 (2015). doi:10.1007/s40319-015-0326-z

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    See for example Arezzo, E., “Hyperlinks and Making Available to the Public in the European Union – What Future for the Internet after Svensson?”, 45 IIC 524–556 (2014). doi:10.1007/s40319-014-0234-7; Schulze, G., “Svensson, BestWater und Die Realität – Ist Framing nun grundsätzlich zulässig?”, 2015 ZUM 106–110.

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    See decision of the Portuguese Constitutional Court No. 743/96 of 28 May 1996; Maia Gonçalves, M.L., Código de Processo Penal Anotado e Legislação Complementar, 2009, Art. 437, para. 5.

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    See by analogy Lebre de Freitas, J., Código de Processo Civil Anotado Vol. 3 Part I, 2008, Art. 218, para. 4.

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    See Lenaerts, K., Maselis, I., Gutman, K., and Nowak, J.T., EU Procedural Law, 2014, p. 243, para. 6.27, and cases there cited.

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    See Maia Gonçalves, M.L., Código de Processo Penal Anotado e Legislação Complementar, 2009, Art. 445, para 2 et seqq.

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    Maia Gonçalves, M.L., Código de Processo Penal Anotado e Legislação Complementar, 2009, Art. 445, para 2 et seqq.

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    Maia Gonçalves, M.L., Código de Processo Penal Anotado e Legislação Complementar, 2009, Art. 446, paras. 2, 3 and 5.

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    Maia Gonçalves, M.L., Código de Processo Penal Anotado e Legislação Complementar, 2009, Art. 446, paras. 4 and 5.

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    Second Instance Court of Coimbra, case No. 35/12.0PFVIS.C1 of 14 October 2015.

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Correspondence to Sofia Filgueiras.

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I wish to thank the reviewers for their very pertinent and helpful comments as well as Professor Alexandre Dias Pereira (Faculty of Law of the University of Coimbra) and Ana Sofia Carvalho (Faculty of Law of the University of Porto) for their valuable assistance in enabling access to some of the bibliography here cited. The opinions here expressed are my own and do not reflect those of IIC. Any mistakes or errors are solely mine.

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Filgueiras, S. Case Note on “Loudspeakers in Bars” and “Sociedade Portuguesa de Autores”. IIC 47, 125–131 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1007/s40319-016-0444-2

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Keywords

  • Communication to the public
  • Music in public spaces
  • Decision for the fixation of case law
  • Binding and authoritative effects
  • New public
  • Reception