Court rules registrars are responsible for fighting piracy
In a case that involved the music of Robin Thicke and his album Blurred Lines, a German court has ruled that a domain registrar can be held liable when it comes to copyright infringement. The domain registrar in this case is Key-Systems who appealed the initial ruling and lost their appeal at The Higher Regional Court of Saarbrücken.
Torrent Freak wrote:
In a case brought by Universal Music over the album Blurred Lines, a Court of Appeal decision in Germany has determined that domain registrars can be held liable for the infringements of their customers. Universal’s lawfirm informs TorrentFreak that the decision gives rightsholders new tools in their fight against online piracy.
By order of the court Key-Systems had to end the infringement of Universal’s rights so it took the drastic decision to delete H33T.com’s DNS entries. That not only stopped further infringement but also disappeared the site from the Internet.
Key-Systems took its case to appeal but has not been successful. The Higher Regional Court of Saarbrücken has just rejected the complaint and confirmed the decision of the lower court.
“The judges state that once notified of an obvious infringement, the registrar has to take action to stop the infringement,” Bruess told TF this morning.
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