Online photos can’t simply be re-published, EU court rules

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 21:  A press photographer checks the back of his digital camera as Gloria De Piero, Shadow Women and Equalities Minister, delivers her speech on the opening day of the Labour Party Conference on September 21, 2014 in Manchester, England. The four-day annual Labour Party Conference officially opens in Manchester today and is expected to attract thousands of delegates with keynote speeches from influential politicians and over 500 fringe events.  (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 21: A press photographer checks the back of his digital camera as Gloria De Piero, Shadow Women and Equalities Minister, delivers her speech on the opening day of the Labour Party Conference on September 21, 2014 in Manchester, England. The four-day annual Labour Party Conference officially opens in Manchester today and is expected to attract thousands of delegates with keynote speeches from influential politicians and over 500 fringe events. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

Internet users must ask for a photographer’s permission before publishing their images, even if the photos were already freely accessible elsewhere online, the European Court of Justice ruled Tuesday.

“The posting on a website of a photograph that was freely accessible on another website with the consent of the author requires a new authorisation by that author,” the EU’s top court said in a statement. The court had been asked to decide on a case in Germany, in which a secondary school student downloaded and used a photo that had been freely accessible on a travel website for a school project. The photo was later posted on the school’s website as well…

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