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Landmark ruling on Google's liability for YouTube in Austria


Landmark ruling on Google's liability for YouTube in Austria

2018, August 31

In June 2018 the Vienna Commercial Court, at first instance, handed down a landmark decision on Google Inc.'s liability for copyright infringements on its YouTube platform, after Austrian broadcaster Puls4, whose content had been distributed via YouTube without its consent, filed a claim against Google arguing that the platform would not qualify as a host provider under under the E-Commerce Directive (Directive (EU) 2000/31) ("the E-Commerce Directive"). The Vienna Commercial Court found that YouTube, rather than taking the role of intermediary, should in fact be treated as though the content in question belongs to Google.

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