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German Supreme Court Asks Europe for Guidance in YouTube Copyright Ruling

Postby MrFredPFL » Fri Sep 14, 2018 12:49 am

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Germany's highest court has postponed a ruling on a key case involving copyright infringement on YouTube and asked for guidance from Europe.

The German Supreme Court, or BGH, was set to rule Thursday on whether Google's YouTube platform is liable for violations of intellectual property rights on its video platform. The case, which goes back to 2008, involves a suit by a music producer who is seeking compensation for songs illegally uploaded to YouTube.

But on Thursday, the court said it would delay ruling on the case until it received guidance from the European Court of Justice.

On Wednesday, the European Parliament passed new legislation, the EU Copyright Directive, that promises to overhaul copyright law in Europe, potentially impacting the YouTube case. The German Supreme Court said it has sent a series of questions to the European Court of Justice asking for clarification on the liability of online platforms in cases of copyright infringement.

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