Art. 62 CopA stipulates different actions which aim to prevent or limit the effects of an infringement or assign damages, and includes regulations for damages.
a) When the infringement is imminent but has not occurred yet (Art. 62 Para. 1 (a) CopA): Action to prohibit the infringement
In order to be able to justify this action, the risk of copyright infringement must be imminent and tangible; a mere abstract speculation is not sufficient. The risk must also be current, i.e. it must exist up to the moment the judgement is issued (cf. BGE 124 III 72). A risk is current especially if the person committing the infringement has already committed similar acts in the past (BGE 128 III p. 100) 96) and is therefore likely to commit an infringement again. A risk of reoffending exists if the defendant has already committed a similar act and claims (as part of their defence in court) to have acted lawfully or refuses to admit that their conduct was wrongful (BGE judgement 4A_45/2012 c 5.2.2; BGE 124 III 72). The risk is also current if there are clear indications that the copyright infringement acts are imminent.
b) When the copyright infringement has been committed and is ongoing, the damages must be limited (Art. 62 Para. 1 (b) CopA): Action for remedy of an existing infringement
The claimant must provide evidence that an infringement is ongoing, which is easier to do than demonstrating the existence of a risk of an act in the future. The claimant only needs to provide documentary evidence or testimonies to show that the infringement is still ongoing. For example, proving that a website (or the site’s web hosting service provider) is using images which infringe copyright.
c) When the rights holder suspects or discovers an infringement but needs evidence to prevent or remedy the copyright infringement (Art. 62 Para. 1 (c) CopA): Action for the provision of information
The owner of the rights may need this information to defend their rights or to calculate the damage caused. The affected persons are anyone who has come into possession of the disputed goods.
Any person whose copyright is infringed or threatened may request the court to prohibit an imminent infringement (i.e. request the court to order that a certain conduct be stopped).
The risk of copyright infringement must be imminent, tangible (a mere abstract speculation is not sufficient) and current (it must exist up to the moment the judgement is issued).
The risk is also current if there are clear indications that a copyright infringement is imminent.
Any person whose copyright is infringed or threatened has the right to remedy the existing infringement (Art. 62 Para. 1 (b) CopA). The claimant must provide evidence that an infringement is ongoing. In particular, he must provide documentary evidence or testimonies which prove that the infringement is ongoing.
The rights holder must present evidence to the court that the infringement is ongoing (documents or testimonies) to remedy the existing infringement (Art. 62 Para. 1 (b) CopA). It is possible to request the court to order the opposing party to provide information if necessary (Art. 62 Para. 1 (c) CopA).
A request for information (Art. 62 para. 1 (c) CopA) can be made whenever it becomes necessary for the claimant’s defence to establish the infringement of his rights or the scope of the infringement, or in order to calculate the damage caused.