In the European Union, courts have been expanding the enforcement of intellectual property rights by employing injunctions to compel intermediaries to provide assistance, despite no allegation of wrongdoing against these parties. These prospective injunctions, designed to prevent future harm, thus hold parties accountable where no liability exists. Effectively a new type of regulatory tool, these injunctions are distinct from the conventional secondary liability in tort. At present, they can be observed in orders to compel website blocking, content filtering, or disconnection, but going forward, their use is potentially unlimited. This book outlines the paradigmatic shift this entails for the future of the Internet and analyzes the associated legal and economic opportunities and problems.
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Series:||Cambridge Intellectual Property and Information Law , #41|
|Product dimensions:||5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.63(d)|
About the Author
Martin Husovec is a Slovak-born lawyer and academic. He is Assistant Professor at Universiteit van Tilburg, The Netherlands, appointed jointly by the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT) and The Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC). Husovec holds a Ph.D. (awarded summa cum laude) from the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition and Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich. He is also an Affiliate Scholar at Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society. His work has been cited by many media outlets including The New York Times and The Washington Post.
Table of Contents
Part I. Social and Economic Context: 1. Introduction to the problem; 2. Enforcement economics; Part II. European Framework: 3. Historical legislative developments; 4. European intermediary liability framework; Part III. Accountable but Not Liable: Injunctions for Assistance: 5. Right to third-party information; 6. Conditions for injunctions against intermediaries; 7. Scope of injunctions against intermediaries; 8. Limits of injunctions against intermediaries; Part IV. Legal Traditions: 9. Injunctions in civil law: Germany; 10. Injunctions in common law: England; Part V. Outlook and Conclusions: 11. Global context; 12. Conclusions.