Italian court finds ISPs not liable for subscriber illegality

May 2010


An Italian court has ruled that Internet Service Providers should not be held liable for the illegal online actions of their customers, rejecting calls from copyright holders to compel ISPs to monitor users and block purported illegal file-sharing websites. Local film anti-piracy group Fapav (Federazione Anti-Pirateria Audiovisiva) filed the suit against Italy’s biggest ISP, Telecom Italia, in a bid to compel the company to take relevant actions against its subscribers. Judge Antonella Izzo did side with copyright holders on one issue, namely that ISPs must forward complaints of infringement from copyright holders to local prosecutors.

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