EU top court says YouTube not liable for user copyright breaches


LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) – Europe’s top court on Tuesday said that Google’s YouTube and other online platforms are not liable for copyright-infringing works uploaded by users onto their platforms under certain conditions.

“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 EU Court of Justice said.

“However, those operators do make such a communication in breach of copyright where they contribute, beyond merely making those platforms available, to giving access to such content to the public,” judges said.

The cases are C-682/18 YouTube and C-683/18 Cyando.

(Reporting by Foo Yun Chee; Editing by Alex Richardson)

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