German Court Rules In Favor Of Music Sharers

Law360, New York (August 6, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Echoing a recommendation made by the Advocate General to the European Court of Justice, a German court has ruled that Internet service providers do not have to turn over the names of customers who are allegedly infringing copyrights by illegally downloading music.

A local court in Offenburg, Germany ruled on Thursday that file-sharing is a “petty offense” and that since the German music industry had not proven that the file-sharing caused “a criminally relevant damage,” Internet service providers could not be compelled to turn over customer...
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