Germany's highest court rules parents not liable for adult children's file sharing
Posted in: Online TV/Music at 10/01/2014 17:21
In a case that has gone on for years, Germany's highest court further reduced the legal responsibilities of Internet connection owners when it ruled Wednesday that parents are in principle not liable if their adult children use the family Internet connection for file sharing.
The decision follows a November 2012 verdict in which the same court, the Federal Court of Justice, ruled that parents are not liable for their minor's file sharing, as long as they warned their child that unauthorized downloading and sharing of copyrighted material online is illegal and they were unaware their child violated this prohibition.
Court: ISP Subscribers Not Liable For Pirating Family Members
Germany's Supreme Court has just handed down a landmark ruling on the liability of Internet subscribers in copyright disputes. Overturning an earlier decision by a lower court the Federal Court of Justice said that an account holder could not be held liable for piracy carried out by an adult family member if he had no reason to believe any was being carried out.
Copyright holders - especially those conducting troll-like operations - would like to create the impression that everything that happens on an Internet connection is the bill payer's responsibility.