Irish court rules that copyright law does not apply to online use of song
INDEPENDENCE, Ireland — An Irish court has ruled that copyright does not cover the use of music on a website or on social media.
A Dublin District Court judge found that there was no copyright infringement in the case of a man named Michael Mearns who used his music on Facebook to promote a local event.
Mearns claimed that the music was his property, which he had the right to use and could not be used without his permission.
The court found that the Irish Copyright Act, which covers the sale of music to the public, does not protect the right of musicians to publish and distribute music.
The case will now go to the Supreme Court of Ireland.
In an opinion, Justice Peter Haughey said that there is a strong presumption that the use and reproduction of a copyrighted work does not infringe copyright.
However, the court also said that Mearn could be entitled to a small statutory damages award because he was the author of the work and the act of publication had not infringed copyright.