Cyberlocker Won Court Case to Take down Piracy BlockadeAdded: Monday, February 22nd, 2016
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4shared, a popular online file-hosting service, has recently enjoyed its victory in a court case in South Korea, where the authorities included it in a national piracy blocklist. Indeed, like with any other cyberlocker, 4shared's users sometimes upload pirated files, but the court agreed that the service couldn’t be regarded as a website that was set up with a clear purpose to facilitate copyright violation.
4shared is known worldwide as one of the largest file-sharing services, and is therefore being closely watched by copyright owners who discover their content being made available on the service from time to time. As a result, 4shared has recently become the target of an ISP blockade in South Korea after being placed on the national blocklist by the local watchdog. This blockade effectively locked out many of 4shared’s legitimate customers, and the service had to respond with an appeal. Now the Korean court decided in favor of the cyberlocker, saying that a blockade was not warranted simply because it contained “some illegal content.”
Under the South Korean law, it is not sufficient to provide evidence that a subset of the site’s users violate copyright. To block a website, the latter must be setup specifically to aid piracy, which 4shared is not. 4shared announced it would be happy to be open to the public again in South Korea, promising to continue doing enough to protect copyright. Indeed, the company has many measures in place to limit copyright infringement, such as a fingerprinting system able to remove pirated music tracks based on an audio watermark.
Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.
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