ISPs must play a part in copyright clampdown says EU court [Bizcommunity (South Africa)]
(Bizcommunity (South Africa) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) LUXEMBOURG - Internet service providers can legally be required to deny their customers access to websites which infringe copyright, a European Union court has ruled.
In a decision with implications for European Internet service providers (ISPs), the Court of Justice of the European Union upheld the decision of an Austrian court to compel an ISP to deny its customers access to a website.
The Court found that Austrian ISP UPC Telekabel could be ordered to steer Internet users away from content which had been posted illegally, even if the ISP had no financial connection with the website behind the publication.
Asked by the Austrian Supreme Court to interpret the EU
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