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National ID C02/264HR
Member State Netherlands
Common Name XS4ALL INTERNET B.V v. AB.FAB B.V.
Decision type Other
Decision date 12/03/2004
Court Hoge Raad (Supreme court)
Subject
Plaintiff
Defendant
Keywords

Distance Selling Directive, Article 2, (4) Distance Selling Directive, Annex I

1. If one uses property which is for the exclusive use of someone else without permission, and one makes an infringement on that right, this qualifies as a wrongful act unless there is a justification.
2. Art 10 ECHR gives no justification for the making an infringement on a good which is for the exclusive use of someone else.
3. Art 11.7 Telecommunication Act does not apply to electronically send messages.
XS4ALL is an internetprovider that has a problem with spam send by Ab.Fab to its customers. XS4ALL claims that Ab.Fab acts in violation of the law, more specific of the Telecommunication Act, the Act protecting personal details and the Civil code.
XS4ALL has an exclusive right to the use of its computers, transmission capacity and database of customers. If one (like Ab. Fab.) uses property which is for the exclusive use of someone else (XS4ALL) without permission, and one makes an infringement on that right, this qualifies as a wrongful act unless there is a justification. Article 10 ECHR gives no justification for the making an infringement on a good which is for the exclusive use of someone else.
Art 11.7 Telecommunication Act does not apply to electronically send messages, and directive 97/7 and 97/66 that are implemented with this law lead tot the same conclusion.
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