Wikimedia Sued in Sweden over Copyright InfringementAdded: Wednesday, April 6th, 2016
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Wikimedia Sweden was found guilty of copyright infringement, as it provided the public free access to its database of artwork pictures without the artists’ permission. The high court heard a case against Wikimedia, which has a database of royalty-free images that can be used by the public.
The Visual Copyright Society in Sweden, whose members are painters, photographers, illustrators and designers, accused Wikimedia Sweden of including the works of its members displayed in public places into its database, without the artists’ permission. The high court of the country found in favor of the copyright group, ruling that allowing individuals to photograph artwork on display in public spaces and make artwork available in a database for free and unlimited use are different things. The court believes that Wikimedia database can be assumed to have a significant commercial value, and the artists are entitled to that value. Stockholm district court will determine the amount of damages Wikimedia was to pay to the society at a later date.
Of course, Wikimedia was disappointed with the ruling, saying that Sweden seems to have a copyright law that is “behind the times and insufficient” in today’s digital world. It argued that according to the court’s logic, tourists taking selfies of themselves at famous landmarks and spreading them online are also copyright infringers. In respond, the Visual Copyright Society recalled that Wikimedia had previously refused to sign a licensing agreement that would have cost several hundred dollars and, as a result, had instead chosen to spend thousands of dollars on lawyers’ fees.
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