Should the user tort platform be held responsible? The German Supreme Law postpones the trial of YouTube infringement cases.


Should the user tort platform be held responsible? The German Supreme Law postpones the trial of YouTube infringement cases.

The German Supreme Court (BGH) announced today that it would postpone an appeal against whether YouTube should be held responsible for infringing content uploaded by users.

The case began in 2008 when YouTube users illegally uploaded videos of the famous singer Sarah Brightman. Later, a music producer took YouTube to court, demanding not only compensation from the user, but also compensation from YouTube.

In September 2015, the Hamburg Legislative Yuan ruled that YouTube, Google's video site, would be liable for damages for copyright infringement caused by user-uploaded performance videos.

The court also said that YouTube is legally responsible for the content, regardless of whether users have the right to publish the videos, especially since YouTube allows anonymous uploading of videos.

Subsequently, YouTube appealed the ruling. Today, the German Federal Supreme Court announced that the case will be postponed. (Li Ming)


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