Are you up to date with the EU Copyright Jurisdiction? Today we share essential information for all the Internet users, content creators and photographers about image copyrights and rules on how to protect photos.

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According to the European Court of Justice – EU Copyright Jurisdiction, Internet users are required to ask for a photographer’s permission before publishing their images. They need to do it even if the pictures were already available for usage somewhere else online. A new authorisation is required every single time when a photo is intended to be posted online.

The regulation has been enacted after the court had to give a verdict on a case in Germany. So here is a summary. A school student downloaded a picture accessible on a travel website and used it for a school project. The picture was later published on the school’s website. The photographer who owned the right to this image perceived this situation as copyright infringement. He found it that way because he did not agree for a publication anywhere else than on the travel agency’s page. He claimed 400 EUR damages. Finally, the photographer won the case. In conclusion, European Court of Justice confirmed that the school should have applied for his permission before publishing the photo online.


’The Court goes on to hold that, subject to the exceptions and limitations laid down exhaustively in that directive, any use of a work by a third party without such prior consent must be regarded as an infringing the copyright of that work‘, the court said.

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Firstly, if you are a content creator make sure you always obtain the photographer’s consent for the usage of a picture. Otherwise, it might be classified as image theft. Secondly, if you are reading this as a photographer, please treat it as a reminder to keep track of your pictures. Follow EU Copyright Jurisdiction updates. Don’t have time for it? We get it – and will do it for you! All you have to do is sign up here for free:

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