Dispute Resolution, Arbitration & Conflict Management
February 18, 2020

TRINITI successfully represented a journalist in a dispute about publishing on social media

Harju District Court dismissed a claim filed against our client for publishing on social media. Our client shared a work painted by another person on Facebook. The court concluded that sharing other people’s posts on social media does not constitute a violation of copyright. Firstly, under Facebook’s terms of use, the defendant was entitled to use information that the claimant had posted to their own user feed. Secondly, the court also agreed with our client in that the defendant was entitled to reproduce a depiction of the work under the journalistic exception.

The District Court’s judgment has not yet entered into force and the dispute may continue in the Circuit Court of Appeal.

The client was represented by attorneys Karmen Turk and Maarja Pild.