YouTube wins user copyright fight after ECJ ruling

Tuesday, 22. June 2021 11:32

The European Court of Justice ruled on Tuesday that YouTube and other platforms cannot be held responsible for breaches of copyrights on the content uploaded by its users under certain conditions.

The European Union's top court announced its decision in two cases saying that "as currently stands, 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."

The ruling comes after music producer Frank Peterson and publishing group Elsevier filed separate lawsuits against YouTube claiming they hold ownership of the content posted by other users on the online platform.

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