Filtering filtered out

An injunction requiring an online social network provider to filter information so that copyright work could be blocked has been ruled incompatible with EU law by the European Court of Justice. The Belgian association of authors, composers and publishers who made the request heard that the implementation of the filtering system would require the host to monitor actively almost all the data relating to its service users. This was inconsistent with EU law because it would result in a serious infringement of the service provider’s freedom to conduct its business and the rights of its customers to protection of personal data and to receive or impart information and it would not respect the fair balance to be struck between those rights and the right to intellectual property.

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