28 November 2011 | Category: Online
The European Court of Justice has ruled that content owners cannot ask Internet Service Providers to filter web content.
The ruling is a bitter blow to artists who seek to have their intellectual property rights protected from piracy.
In 2004, Belgian company SABAM discovered that users of a local ISP called Scarlet were illegally downloading music content that they controlled the digital rights to. They then managed to enforce a filter for their music on Scarlet's ISP. Scarlet argued that this injunction did not comply with EU law.
Seven years later, the European Court of Justice decided that they agreed with Scarlet. Therefore the ruling enforces that, no internet filters can be applied to ISP's.