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LIABILITY: Landmark ruling on Google’s liability for YouTube in Austria

Vienna Commercial Court, judgment of 5 June 2018

In June 2018 the Vienna Commercial Court, at first instance, handed down a landmark decision on Google Inc.’s liability for copyright infringements on its YouTube platform, after Austrian broadcaster Puls4, whose content had been distributed via YouTube without its consent, filed a claim against Google arguing that the platform would not qualify as a host provider under the E-Commerce Directive (Directive (EU) 2000/31) (‘the E-Commerce Directive’).

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