Swedish Patent and Market Court decision on Bildupphovsrätt vs Wikimedia Sweden

On 6 July, the Swedish Patent and Market Court ruled in favour of Bildupphovsrätt in the lawsuit against Wikimedia Sweden. The Court established that Wikimedia Sweden’s online publication of an image database
of artworks is forbidden if a permission has not first being granted. The ruling also offers clarification regarding the legal aspects of online linking. Additionally, the Court also stated that it is forbidden to link to images of published artworks without the artist’s consent, even when the works are freely available without restriction of access on other websites to which the artist has given consent.

For more information on the ruling and the case, please refer to the press section of Bildupphovsrätt website.