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[IBTimes] EU Court: Social Networks Can't Be Piracy Brakes

Online social networks cannot be forced to block users from downloading songs illegally, as this would push up their costs and infringe privacy, Europe's highest court said on Thursday, adding to a worldwide debate on internet policing. [...]

"The owner of an online social network cannot be obliged to install a general filtering system, covering all its users, in order to prevent the unlawful use of musical and audio-visual work," the ECJ said in a statement. [...]

Judges also said forcing companies to install a filter to identify, analyze and process users' personal information might infringe their privacy and could result in the blocking of lawful content. [...]

http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/299823/20120216/eu-court-social-networks...