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German Domain Registrar Liable For Copyright Infringement 164

jfruh writes "When the German domain registrar Key-Systems registered and maintained the domain, should it have been obvious that their customer would use the site for unauthorized distribution of Robin Thicke albums? A regional German court says that they should've known, and once they had been notified they should have taken steps to prevent it from happening. Obviously domain registrars are worried that this will upend their entire business model."
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German Domain Registrar Liable For Copyright Infringement

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  • by GiantRobotMonster ( 1159813 ) on Saturday February 08, 2014 @05:45AM (#46194175)

    They've basically written off slashdot as worthless

    Should be cheap to buy it off them, then!

  • Burden of proof (Score:4, Interesting)

    by x0ra ( 1249540 ) on Saturday February 08, 2014 @06:05AM (#46194241)

    You cannot be prosecutor, judge and jury. You are still presumed innocent until PROVEN guilty. The domain shall be taken down only if instructed to do so by the competent court of justice whenever its owner is found guilty.

    The fertilizer example is bogus, the tangible property, the fertilizer, has been sold and you have no right to take it back if you discover its purpose. A better example would be a rented car. If A rent B a car, the responsibility of the car's usage is on B, even if A is aware B is speeding. The same way, if C rents a place and tell the landlord he's gonna run a brothel, the responsibility of running the brothel is on C, not on the landlord.

  • by Kell Bengal ( 711123 ) on Saturday February 08, 2014 @07:33AM (#46194533)
    Serious question: is this a feasible approach? If we can cash them out on a firesale and restore the site back to the ownership of someone who gives a damn, is it worth the psychic damage of giving these fuckers our money? I know Hackaday tried to go private with a kickstarter but failed... could Slashdot have more success?

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