Norwegian Court of Appeal states that reuse of a work on the Internet without journalists’ authorization does not constitute an infringement

The Norwegian Court of Appeal overruled a district court decision which stated that the reuse of a press article on the Internet by the Norwegian newspaper "Dagbladet" constituted an infringement of a freelance journalist’s authors’ rights.

The Court of Appeal made an interpretation of the oral agreement between the journalist and the newspaper. The Court held that it was fair for the newspaper company to assume that according to practice, they would be allowed to use the article on the Internet. The Court said that there was an obligation on the journalist to inform the newspaper that the material should not be used on the Internet.