European Court Ruled Piracy May Be Legal, SometimesAdded: Thursday, June 12th, 2014
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A court in the EU has recently ruled that its citizens may pirate copyrighted material if they do so in a particular way. It turned out that if an Internet user is streaming the material protected by copyright online, it is legal for the user, as they are not willfully making a copy of that content to view. Although the pirate can not save files and store them on their drives, they can watch them directly via a web browser, streaming from a service that hosts the content. This will be absolutely legal, according to the court of the European Union.
The court ruling was delivered as part of a legal battle between the EU media service Meltwater, which used to include headlines from news stories in daily digests it sent to its subscribers through email, and the news copyrighters. Various copyright holders, including the Associated Press, have sued the media service, claiming that Meltwater stole their content.
Surprisingly enough, the case crossed into strange territory in Europe. The rights owners suing Meltwater argued that recipients of the emails from the media service had to pay license fees for the letters they received. However, the court of the European Union basically decided that Internet users who see the material online, without actually willingly making a copy of it, cannot be held responsible for any resulting copyright violation.
Although Meltwater is not off the hook yet, at least its customers certainly are. In addition, the ruling actually means that if you stream content from the website, you can’t be done for piracy. In other words, Europe got a new rule to follow: viewers cannot be prosecuted. This precedent should be good news for thousands of German users who recently received fines at home for streaming porn content from a site in 2013.
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Thursday, June 12th, 2014
|One small step for common sense.|
|Streaming from a service that hosts the content, and yet you can still save it, providing you know how to. After all you may want to watch it later. So basically that law makes no sense if you computer savvy.|
|posted by (2014-06-12 15:08:22)|
|I am lost reading this ruling doesn t make sense|
|posted by (2014-06-14 00:55:31)|
|Wasn't this already law everywhere?|
To break a copyright law, first you have to make a copy, right?
|i Hate streaming, I find out that wi fi does help all time. I pay for nefliex and that does not help, regurdless what device we use there are all ways be set backs.|
|posted by (2014-06-17 00:42:49)|
|So if I hit the "Stream" button in utorrent I'm cool? (Assuming I'm also a brit!)|
|posted by (2014-06-17 21:34:48)|
|when i buy a movie from the store that movie is mine so if i want to share it with the world hows that piracy? since noone is atacking and stealing nothing||
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