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CASELEX:EU:2006:16 - IP Law -Works communicated by means of television sets installed in hotel rooms

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SGAE is the body responsible for the management of intellectual property rights in Spain. SGAE took the view that the use of television sets and the playing of ambient music within the hotel owned by Rafael, during the period from June 2002 to March 2003, involved communication to the public of works belonging to the repertoire which it manages. Considering that those acts were carried out in breach of the intellectual property rights attached to the works, SGAE brought an action for compensation against Rafael before the Juzgado de Primera Instancia (Court of First Instance) No 28, Barcelona (Spain). 

By decision of 6 June 2003, that court partially rejected the claim. It took the view that the use of television sets in the hotel’s rooms did not involve communication to the public of works managed by SGAE. It considered, on the other hand, that the claim was well founded as regards the well-known existence in hotels of communal areas with television sets and where ambient music is played. SGAE and Rafael both brought appeals before the Audiencia Provincial (Provincial Court) de Barcelona, which decided to stay the proceedings and to refer the following questions to the Court of Justice for a preliminary ruling.


             Plaintiff :     Defendants :  
(SGAE) v Rafael Hoteles S.A.
 
Case identifiers
Decision type : Judgment
Common name : Case C-306/05
Court : European Court of Justice
Chamber : Third Chamber
Language : English
National ID : 62005J0306
Delivery date : December 07, 2006
 
Provisions
EU core provisions :
  • Dir. 2001/29/EC of 22 May 2001
    • 3, 1
National core provisions :
  • Law on intellectual property, which rectifies, clarifies and harmonises the legislative provisions in force in that area (‘the LIP’), was approved by Royal Legislative Decree No 1/1996 of 12 April 1996 (BOE No 97 of 22 April 1996)
    • 17
    • 20, 1
Referred EU provisions :


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