Case Law

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There is a a listing of court decisions that discuss or are directly relevant to Creative Commons licenses. The decisions can come from any jurisdiction around the world. It is a list of decisions, not cases.


09-1684-A_(Lichôdmapwa_v._L'asbl_Festival_de_Theatre_de_Spa) Belgium 2010/10/28
Äventyrsgruvan i Tuna Hästberg v. Gunnarsson Sweden 2016-02-25
Chang v. Virgin Mobile US (N.D. Tex.) 2009/01/16
Curry v. Audax Netherlands 2006/03/09
Drauglis v. Kappa Map Group, LLC US (D.C. D.C.) 2015/08/18
Gerlach vs. DVU Germany 2010/10/08
Internet Brands v. Holliday Litigation involving ownership of wiki material contributed by a broad community and licensed under CC BY-SA. At no point in either case was the validity of the CC license contested.
Jacobsen v. Katzer US (Fed. Cir.) 2010/02/22
No. 71036 N. v. Newspaper Israel 2011/09/27 Photographer who used BY-SA licenses on his photographs had some photographs used in a Newspaper. The newspaper did not provide proper attribution. The newspaper had also used Wikipedia text without proper attribution.
SGAE v. Fernandez Spain 2006/02/17
SGAE v. Luis Spain 2005/11/29
Spirit Germany 2016/11/18 German court required removal of hyperlink to CC-licensed image used in violation of license terms. Note: the parties names are redacted in the published decision. The case number is ref. 310 O 402/16.
TA 3560/09, 3561/09, Avi Re'uveni v. Mapa inc. ישראל: לראשונה, ביהמ"ש אכף רישיון קריאייטיב קומונס Israel

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