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EU Court: internet suppliers are not responsible

Published lördag 16 april 2011 kl 15.28

Broadband and internet providers should not be forced to filter customers’ internet traffic in order to stop illegal file sharing, according to a ruling by the European Court.

The court has looked over the case of Belgian copy right organisation Sabam which demanded a national broadband supplier to stop illegal file sharing through filtering or blocking traffic. A Belgian court ruled in favour of Sabam but the case was appeals to the European Court.

And within the broadband industry the courts decision was a relief.

“Broadband suppliers in Sweden, or anywhere else in the world, don’t want to have the responsibility of what their customers send each other online,” said Patrik Hiselius, a laywer for Swedish telecom company Telia Sonera.

Had the court ruled differently that could have had serious consequences, Hiselius told news agency TT.

“Of course there are a number of other, more or less legitimate, interests of getting things blocked. That for example wants to block falun gong, or other opinions and political parties.”

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