In a legal battle between music rights group SABAM and social networking site Netlog, the European Court of Justice delivered an unprecedented ruling today. The Court ruled that hosting sites can’t filter copyrighted content as that would violate the privacy of users and hinder freedom of information. The case at the highest European court has far-reaching consequences for many online services including cyberlockers and BitTorrent sites.

  1. Mac Guy says:

    I suspect this is another way for the EU to thumb its nose at American Big Business.

    Not that I have any problem with that…

  2. spsffan says:

    Does this mean that the contents of telegrams in Austria is private once again?

  3. spreeuw says:

    ACTA is sort of dead in the water too here, key nations have postponed signing, and some small nations have already said they will not sign at all

  4. NewfornatSux says:

    So now they will hand over the individual users names who have the copyrighted material? Or is that a violation of privacy as well?

  5. Hmeyers2 says:

    At least at the moment, it looks like the idea of suppressing human rights in the name of copyright violation is losing.

    If they want to go after copyright violation, then do it.

    But don’t start censoring and filtering the internet, which knowing government would eventually balloon into a thought control police state.

  6. NICKtheRAT says:

    nice choice of image :DDD

  7. HUGSaLOT says:

    yeah bring back!!

    • Wrigsted the Dane says:

      I think the guys from btjunkie was just tired of the scene.
      Use isohunt or demonoid.

      Yes, it seems that lawmakers have discovered people have seen through the Anti-Piracy Schemes, or maybe there is a new generation of lawmakers on the way. But it would be almost too much to hope ..

  8. deowll says:

    The courts said no. The lawmakers took the money. I feel confident they will continue to take the money.

  9. Cap'nKangaroo says:

    I will not be surprised when a Predator Drone air-strike takes out the European Court of Justice.

    On a slightly related matter, in my Yahoo mail spam folder I got a notice from the “RIAA” saying

    “Dear, hereby we notify you that your IP address has been identified as distributing copyrighted content. Please see the attachment to this message for illicit Internet traffic details.
    Failure to respond to this message within 14 days will result in copyright infringement accusation and standard legal procedures. ”

    Now why would the “RIAA” send out this e-mail to me and eight others, including babiigurl45, instead of individually e-mailing me? Or snail mail me a registered letter like a real legal notice?

    Nearly as amusing as the spam e-mail saying I had a traffic camera ticket in NY when I don’t own a vehicle and was in Laredo, TX on the date the message specified. And how do you dig up an e-mail address from a license plate?


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