German Court Tells Telco It Can't Advertise On BitTorrent Search Engine

from the you-can-only-advertise-on-sites-we-like dept

A German court has apparently not only decided that it doesn't like bittorrent search engines, but that it's somehow illegal to advertise on one. Specifically, the court has banned the telco Arcor from advertising on the BitTorrent tracker site BitReactor.to. This seems odd for a variety of reasons. First of all, BitTorrent tracker sites are really no different than search engines, meaning that it's a bit of a stretch to claim that they're inherently illegal. But, more importantly, why should the court have any say in where a company chooses to advertise?
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Filed Under: advertising, bittorrent
Companies: arcor, bitreactor, vodafone


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    Wundermac, 19 Oct 2007 @ 1:05pm

    Only the first shot ...

    First, it is only an injunction. Second, this is a play by the German Association of Video and Media Retailers (think something like the RIAA in the US). They object to a telco supporting people that they see as encouraging theft of music and video.

    Want until the final court ruling before passing judgement.

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