YouTube and Uploaded Could be Liable For Pirating Users, Court Rules
Platforms such as YouTube and Uploaded could be directly liable for the copyright-infringing uploads of their users. The German Federal Court of Justice came to this conclusion based on advice from the EU’s top court. Several liability lawsuits will now besent back to the lower court to decide whether damages are indeed warranted.
YouTube users upload millions of hours of videos a week. As with any user-generated content site, this also includes copyright-infringing content.
The file-hosting platform Uploaded faces similar issues. While it can be used to share legal files, some people use it to share pirated content.
This is a thorn in the side of several rightsholders, who argue that YouTube and Uploaded are liable for the infringing activities of their users. In Germany, this resulted in several lawsuits against the two platforms.
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