US judge: Giganews is not liable for infringement usenet users




Usenet Provider Giganews is according to a US court is not liable for any copyright infringement of its customers. The case against Giganews brought by a publisher of erotic magazines.

According publisher Perfect 10 Giganews would not have participated in -takedown DMCA requests, but the federal judge in California suggested that the company had submitted the takedowns in a wrong way in the Usenet provider, writes Techdirt. It would be screenshots of a usenet client and search words that would invoke either copyrighted material with the ‘instruction’ that Giganews had to remove all search results. DMCA requests to Usenet providers must properly so called message IDs to be named referring to binary newsgroups.

The judge considered unproven that Giganews directly financially benefited from the provision of Perfect 10 content. Besides acquittal for so-called direct infringement was also indirect infringement considered unproven. According to the court, namely liable usenet users who upload such content and not the provider of newsgroup access.

The trial lasted a total of three years. Perfect 10 has already sued several tech companies, including Amazon, Google and Rapidshare. The publisher claimed that the companies would facilitate copyright violations.


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