Legal alert

Supreme Court: Standards are copyright protected

June 27, 2012
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Legal alert

On 22 June 2012, the Supreme Court rendered its judgment in Knooble v. Dutch State and DSI.

The Supreme Court ruled on the hotly debated issue whether technical standards of the Dutch Standardization Institute (“DSI“) (known as “NEN-normen“) referred to in the Dutch Building Act (“Bouwbesluit 2003“) are protected by copyright. The Supreme Court endorsed the current legal and economic practice in which the standards are: (i) protected by copyright, (ii) publicly available for a reasonable fee, and (iii) can be viewed free of cost at DSI and at Delft University’s library.

 

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