New decision on the liability of a Wi-Fi Network operator

Liability of a Wi-Fi Network operator: the European Court of Justice takes a stand against the problematic rulings by the German Federal Court

"The operator of a shop who offers a Wi-Fi network free of charge to the public is not liable for copyright infringements committed by users of that network. However, such an operator may be required to password-protect its network in order to bring an end to, or prevent, such infringements."

Shop owners therefore are not directly liable for infringements, but must protect their network in case of repeated infringements. They can therefore become liable for implementing remedial action.

The press release by the Court of Justice of the European Union from September 15, 2016 you will find here as PDF.

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