German Court Says ISP Not Responsible For Users Who Infringe
from the about-time dept
When it comes to copyright, this has caused all sorts of other problems and it's one of the reasons that YouTube remains limited in Germany. Part of the issue is that the court rulings in Germany have been mixed on this, with no clear precedent yet being set. Thankfully, a recent ruling has rejected EMI's attempt to pin secondary liability on an ISP for its users infringing. EMI had argued that the ISP, HanseNet, should be forced to use DNS blocking to stop some of its users from infringing. The court ruled against EMI's view and said that such an argument was "unprecedented." Tragically, I don't think that's quite accurate considering some other rulings in the country, but at least it's nice to see some additional good rulings on issues like secondary liability.