ECJ Told Web Platforms Not Liable For Pirated IP For Now

Law360, London (July 16, 2020, 2:34 PM BST) -- Online platform operators like YouTube are not liable under European Union law — at least not for now — when their users illegally upload copyrighted works, an adviser to the EU's highest court said Thursday.

European Court of Justice Advocate General Henrik Saugmandsgaard said copyright law changes finalized by the European Union last year imposing new legal responsibilities on platforms with user-uploaded content doesn't apply to two cases currently before the court. That's because the member states have until June 2021 to turn the EU directive into national law.

As a result, YouTube and and file hosting service Uploaded are not currently liable...

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