Willy Meyer (GUE/NGL
), in writing.
This report proposes an addition to the regulation on the law applicable to non-contractual obligations (Rome II), which is essentially aimed at clarifying what legislation is applicable in cases of infringement of personality rights, when a person who considers that his or her rights have been infringed by content published, printed or placed on the Internet has the option of bringing an action through civil liability. This amendment is necessary as nowadays, it is too easy for claimants to bring an action for defamation in the jurisdiction which, at the same time, they believe the most likely to produce a favourable result, giving rise to a phenomenon known as ‘libel tourism’. With this amendment to the regulation, the rules are more clearly defined, such as the law applicable to one country or another with regard to the publication of printed matter, for example. I have voted in favour of this report.