European Court Rejects Call for ISP's to Curb Illegal File Sharing

Posted in: Online TV/Music at 25/11/2011 16:17

The highest court in the European Union said on Thursday that Internet service providers could not be required to monitor their customers' online activity to filter out the illegal sharing of music and other copyrighted material.

The ruling, by the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg, is a setback for a Belgian group representing music copyright owners, which had sought tougher measures to crack down on online file sharing. The organization, Sabam, had sued a Belgian Internet provider, Scarlet Extended, saying its customers were illegally sharing music files.

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The European Court of Justice has ruled that content owners cannot ask ISPs to filter out illegal content.

The ruling could have implications for the creative industries as they attempt to crack down on piracy.

The court said that while content providers can ask ISPs to block specific sites, wider filtering was in breach of the E-Commerce Directive.

A Belgian court had previously ruled that a local rights holder could force an ISP to filter content.

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In what is already being described as a landmark ruling, the European Court of Justice found that EU law precludes governments or courts from requiring internet service providers (ISPs) to place blanket blocks on the sharing of copyrighted material.

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The decision comes as a result of a complaint filed in 2004 by SABAM, the Belgian association of authors, composers and publishers, against Scarlet, a telecommunication company and Internet service provider operating in Belgium and the Netherlands.

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