On September 21 2017, the Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof (BGH)) handed down a judgment of utmost importance for the exploitation of copyright on the Internet. It will become known and referred to under the name Vorschaubilder III (Thumbnail III). It is already anticipated that it will leave both experts and industry divided. From the perspective of an objective observer, the judges have done nothing but express their view on how the most recent jurisprudence of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) is to be understood and applied at national level. Still, there are aspects in the judgment that will trigger debate.

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