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Court Bites Håkon Wium Lie Over Pubic Domain Norwegian Court Decisions

Accepted submission by canopic jug at 2018-06-12 06:02:36 from the harmonize-*this* dept.
Digital Liberty

Håkon Wium Lie of WWW fame has written on his blog about being sued for publishing public domain court decisions [] in Norway. Various volunteers have been publishing this material at [], which is now down because of the copyright lawsuit against them even though both Norwegian laws and court decisions are exempted from copyright in Norway. The basis for the lawsuit has been the copyright harmonization effort, Directive 96/9/EC from 1996, which asserts a 15-year copyright on databases and their contents. Not worried that Norway is outside the EU, the judge apparently considered the matter for less than 24 hours and without hearing counter arguments before deciding against, taking the site's contents offline, even material older than 15 years, and then slapping the volunteers with a large legal bill. An appeal is underway.

Via Boing Boing : Norwegian court orders volunteers to take down public domain court verdicts and pay copyright troll's legal bills [].

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