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More clarity needed after German WiFi copyright ruling: lawyers

Postby MrFredPFL » Tue Jul 31, 2018 10:28 pm

Story : https://www.worldipreview.com/news/more-clarity-needed-after-german-wifi-copyrig





German lawyers have told WIPR that more clarity is needed after the Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof) ruled that WiFi operators are not liable for copyright infringement committed on their network.

In the past, establishments such as hostels and cafés faced the threat of cease-and-desist, cost reimbursement and damage claims if their WiFi connection was used by a guest to share illegal files.

However, in a decision dated Thursday, July 26, involving the illegal download of a zombie game called “Dead Island”, the Federal Court of Justice said that under the new German Telemedia Act, internet providers are not liable for copyright infringement via file sharing conducted by third parties.

Max Kinkeldey and Mark Peters, lawyers at Grünecker, said that more clarity is required over what “adequate measures” WiFi operators need to employ to block access to illegal content.







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