Dutch court issues landmark decision on virtual crime
Faculty of Law
Journal of internet law. - New York
, p. 26-27
University of Antwerp
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.