Title
Dutch court issues landmark decision on virtual crime
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Law
Publication type
article
Publication
New York ,
Subject
Law
Source (journal)
Journal of internet law. - New York
Volume/pages
12(2009) :7 , p. 26-27
ISSN
1094-2904
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
The article reports on the developments in Internet Law in Europe in 2008. It includes the conviction of two minors for theft, violence and menace by the Dutch court of Leeuwarden on October 21. The judge ruled that virtual amulet and virtual mask were indeed protected by Article 310 and that theft thereof was a criminal offence under the Dutch penal code and offenders are sentenced to community service and received juvenile detention punishment. On the other hand, the German Hamburg District Court issued a decision in two copyright cases against Google and telecom operators Deutsche Telekom, Freenet.de, and AOL Germany on September 26. The German court ruled that displaying thumbnails of a copyrighted work does not create a new work and thus breaches the copyright of the authors.
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