Swedish Court of Appeal decides that print and online are different uses

In a court case involving the Swedish newspaper company "Svenska Dagbladet" and the litterary collecting society ALIS, the Swedish court of appeal had a very different approach to its Norwegian counterpart, the decision of which was used as an argument by the Swedish newspaper.

The case involved a book writer and a freelance journalist. The Court decided that they had not been informed in a proper manner about the Internet use, and that the newspaper company infringed the authors’ right vested in the collecting society ALIS. Emphasis should be put on the fact that the court decided that print use and Internet use were different. One conclusion of the Court was that the modes of distribution and the possibilities of copying the material were so wide that internet use could not be compared with printed version use.

Svenska Dagbladet appealed to the Swedish Supreme Court.