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The European Union banned the anti-piracy filter installed on the file hosting
Posted 21 February 2012 - 08:38 AM
For several years, human rights group SABAM and social network Netlog fought in court. In order to protect the rights of its members SABAM demanded social network installation tool that allows you to scan all files downloaded by users for copyright infringement.
February 16, 2012 the Court handed down its decision, concluding that social networks can not be forced to install anti-piracy filter. The Court declared that such actions violate the balance between copyright protection and freedom of enterprise, the rights to privacy and freedom in obtaining knowledge and information.
The Court noted that the private lives of users is more important than the protection of copyright. In addition, he fears that the filter can lead to censorship of legal content, thus preventing the freedom of information.
"[Filter] can harm the freedom of information, since the system can not see the difference between legal and illegal content, resulting in its implementation may block legitimate communications," wrote the court.
The unprecedented decision could have a serious impact on all the sites in Europe that allow users to upload files, especially for sites like RapidShare. In addition, holders will no longer be able to get the torrent sites to filter the files of users, as it does now isoHunt by the decision of U.S. authorities.
Rick Falkvinge (Rick Falkvinge), founder of the Pirate Party of Sweden, is pleased that the court has put the right people is higher than the rights of corporations.
"I think it is quite remarkable and very promising that the highest court in Europe, says bluntly that the monopoly of copyright and the right of individuals to privacy of correspondence can not be protected at the same time - and, most importantly, the latter takes precedence," says Rick Falkvinge .
The entertainment industry, by contrast, will be greatly disappointed.
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