[TheInquirer.net] EU Court of Justice announced a win for privacy

The European Court of Justice has announced a win for privacy online in its decision that monitoring and filtering online content is unlawful and unfair.

In a ruling on the Sabam v. Netlog case (PDF), it said, « 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. »

Sabam is the Belgian music royalty collection outfit. It sued Netlog in 2009 and attempted to get it to install monitoring software in its social networking operation. Netlog baulked at this, and today it is gratified by the Court of Justice announcement. [...]
The ruling clears up some controversy over whether it is right to force a web hosting firm to monitor its users to detect if they are infringing copyrights. According to the rights advocacy group La Quadrature du Net, it is a timely ruling. particularly when you consider legal machinations like ACTA, SOPA, PIPA and the DEA.

« This ruling should sound as a call for EU policy makers to stop pushing for privatized censorship schemes under the guise of ';cooperation' between Internet actors and the entertainment industry, » said Jérémie Zimmermann, spokesperson for La Quadrature du Net.