Estonian Authors’ Society (EAÜ), a collecting society that administers local and foreign authors’ economic rights in Estonia, sued SIA ADEONA, a Latvian music concert organizer, who organized a public concert in Estonia without acquiring a license for the public performance nor paying any license fee. In contrast to previous Estonian case law (EAÜ v. XXX, County Court of Harju, 2-16-17339), the appeal court only partially satisfied EAÜ’s claim for damages. The court stated that, according to the general principle of “total restitution” that is applicable in Estonian law, it was not justifiable to award punitive damages and only actual damage must be compensated.
Case date: 28 December 2017
Case number: 2-16-16109
Court: Tallinn Circuit Court
A full summary of this case has been published on Kluwer IP Law.