The European Court of Justice said on Thursday that YouTube, owned by Google and another platform, is not responsible for copyright infringement of content uploaded to its platform by users under certain conditions.
This case is the latest development in the long struggle between European creative industries and online platforms, while the former seeks compensation from the latter or takes action against unauthorized use of content when transmitted to the platform.
In 2008, when music producer Frank Peterson sued YouTube and Google in Germany, when users of the network uploaded several sound recordings that he claimed to have copyrights, YouTube found itself in trouble.
In another case, the German production company Elsevier sued Cyando, which provides data storage services, because Cyando users uploaded multiple Elsevier’s works to its Uploaded 2013 platform without Elsevier’s approval.
The German court then sought advice from the European Court of Justice, which ruled on the two cases on Tuesday.
“At present, in principle, Internet platform operators will not communicate with the public about copyrighted content illegally published by users of these platforms,” the European Court of Justice said.
“However, these operators not only create this kind of copyright infringement communication by making these platforms accessible, but also by allowing the public to access the content,” the judge said.
These are cases C-682/18 YouTube and C-683/18 Cyando.