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EU Court Rules Social Networks Cannot Be Forced To Police Downloads 81

arnodf writes "According to EU Observer, 'The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has struck the latest blow in the debate over internet policing, ruling on Thursday (16 February) that online social network sites cannot be forced to construct measures to prevent users from downloading songs illegally. The court, which is the highest judicial authority in the EU, stated that installing general filters would infringe on the freedom to conduct business and on data privacy. ... The case was brought before the ECJ by Sabam, the Belgian national music royalty collecting society, against social network site Netlog. In 2009, Sabam went to the Belgian Court of First Instance to demand that Netlog take action to prevent site-users from illegally downloading songs from its portfolio. It also insisted that Netlog pay a €1,000 fine for every day of delaying in compliance. Netlog legal submission argued that granting Sabam's injunction would be imposing a general obligation to monitor on Netlog, which is prohibited by the e-commerce directive.' In related news, Sabam is going to be prosecuted (Google translation of Dutch original) for 'forging accounts, abuse of trust, bribery, money laundering and forgery,' which took place from the early 90's till 2007"
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EU Court Rules Social Networks Cannot Be Forced To Police Downloads

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  • by gweihir ( 88907 ) on Friday February 17, 2012 @04:41PM (#39078891)

    I have to give it to them, criminal and greedy as they are, they really know how to die slowly.

    As by now it is quite clear that negative effects of filesharing on people that write books or music and make movies is at worst minimally negative and at best significantly positive, this is definitely going in the right direction.

  • Re:Go EU (Score:4, Informative)

    by 0123456 ( 636235 ) on Friday February 17, 2012 @05:27PM (#39079485)

    This is just as ludicrous as what the parent poster wrote. We wouldn't have elections if that was the case.

    Yes, just look at all that 'Hope and Change' America has seen since Obama replaced Bush in the White House.

    Elections don't matter in the slightest when all candidates are controlled by the same vested interests.

  • Re:For now (Score:3, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 17, 2012 @05:35PM (#39079577)

    Right now ACTA cannot pass in the EU, as long as (specific) political parties/bodies don't suddenly turn 180.

    Both the European Parliament as well as all the different countries have to sign/accept the treaty. Right now Poland said it wouldn't ratify ACTA. Others bodies/countries said that they wouldn't accept ACTA if it conflicts with existing European law.

    As long as those standpoints don't change, ACTA will not happen in the EU and it won't change the law. Of course the law could change first and then ACTA could pass. Or as usual hell will freeze over yet again.

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