Belgian Court Rules That Violating Creative Commons License Subjects You To Copyright Infringement Charge
from the legitimate-license dept
The band sued, noting that the theater violated the CC license and, thus, had violated copyright law. The court agreed, noting the near total failure of the theater to respect the specific license terms, and found the theater's defenses unconvincing:
The theater defended itself by arguing a mistake (the court said that as a professional of the cultural sector, they should pay more attention to licensing conditions) and its good faith (traditionally not accepted in Belgian as a defense to copyright infringement).This is certainly at least a nice boost to the legality of Creative Commons licenses, though it does sort of highlight how many users of CC-licensed content don't really understand (or pay attention to) the specific restrictions in the licenses of content they use.