German court ruling: file hosting services somewhat liable for user files

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In a case filed against RapidShare in 2008, the German Federal Supreme Court ruled sites must take all "technically and economically reasonable precautions" against piracy.

This came after a lower court dismissed the complaint, citing RapidShare's efforts to delete illegal files when notified, so no filter was required (TorrentFreak). Now, RapidShare may already be in breach because a word filter applied against uploaded files is considered "reasonable" by the court. There is a list of at least 4,000 files known to be infringing that must be blocked.

These types of actions have led to the long but excellent article "Megaupload and the twilight of copyright" on CNNMoney. $500 million worth of hosted copyrighted files, and nine of ten users downloading only, looks blatantly illegal. But the Betamax ruling that allowed home VCRs still seems to protect cloud-storage services, even cyber-lockers full of copyrighted files.

Nein, German court

German courts are notoriously biased in the favor of copy right holders and not the individuals

guess on

Let's hope the court realizes how stupid this oder is...

iErik on

The court in Hamburg is known for its hilarious orders made against the net, just search for it.

Asmod4n on

Renting out storage garages should not place the renter in jeopardy for what people store there. Digital or otherwise.

Zachary Geurts on

Keep copyrights

Only the author of a creative work should have the right to sell it.

Guest on

Quibble away as you will but why shouldn't everyone be able to make a profit from their own content

katie anderson on

Kill copyrights

True..... there is no way to prevent things from being shared on the internet and it's top to stop saying that there is a way to prevent that.

Christopher Kidwell on

How long until RIAA / MPAA stop overcharging for a product, while at the same time, giving cents on the dollar to the original creators?

The_seventh_guest on

Copyright shouldn't even exist, how can you expect reasonability from anyone wanting its protection?

PiRat on

Hollywood has been buying corrupt congressmen and presidents for years to leverage the police power of the state and court system to twist copyright law into a monster completely at odds with the founders original intent.

Forrest Higgs on

Should technical book authors seeing their books available on BitTorrent sites be happy their "information is free" or sad that every digital copy downloaded means no payment for that copy of their book?

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