Media Law Prof Blog

Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

ECJ Ruling On Copyright: Intermediaries Can Be Held Liable For Third Party Infringement

The European Court of Justice has ruled that those who facilitate sharing of copyrighted material may be liable for infringement. See the decision here, Stichting Verein v. S4ALL Internet BV.

The Court pointed out that parts of Directive 2001/29 protects the rights of artists and creators, and Article 8 provides a remedy, in the form of an injunction: "Member States shall ensure that rightholders are in a position to apply for an injunction against intermediaries whose services are used by a third party to infringe a copyright or related right." 

Analysis from Bloomberg News, Dutch News,  ArsTechnica.

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