Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Liability tug of war

Attitudes towards liability seem to be pulling in opposite directions today.

On the one hand, a Chinese court has decided that search engine Baidu has not infringed copyright by providing links to illegal music file-sharing – Ars Technica reports here.

On the other hand, in Italy a new law may be giving ISPs and websites liability for third-party content, Reuters reports here. I think this must be the implementation of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive? It would seem to simultaneously unimplement the E-Commerce Directive...

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