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每日英語跟讀 Ep.K164 : EU court says YouTube may be liable for copyright breaches
The EU’s top court on Tuesday last week said online platforms like YouTube can in some circumstances be held responsible for copyrighted material illegally uploaded by users.
The preliminary ruling will likely be welcomed by German music producer Frank Peterson who has been locked in a long-running legal battle with YouTube over unauthorized uploads featuring British artist Sarah Brightman.
The Court of Justice of the European Union found that generally speaking, YouTube and the likes are not responsible for users posting protected content without permission.
“Operators of online platforms do not, in principle, themselves make a communication to the public of copyright-protected content illegally posted online by users of those platforms,” judges said.
But the situation changes once operators of such sites are made aware of copyright breaches and fail to act “expeditiously” to remove or block the content and ensure that the infringements do not recur, they said.
Operators can also be liable for copyright violations if they refrain from putting in place technological tools to “credibly and effectively” fight against illegal uploads.
In a response to Tuesday’s ruling, YouTube said it “supports rights holders being paid their fair share.”
“That’s why we’ve invested in state of the art copyright tools which have created an entirely new revenue stream for the industry,” it said in a statement.
「這就是我們投資最先進版權管理工具之原因，這些工具為這個產業創造了全新的收益來源」，YouTube在一份聲明中表示。Source article: https://www.taipeitimes.com/News/lang/archives/2021/06/28/2003759901