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YouTube Can’t Be Forced to Fully Identify Piracy Culprits

July 9, 2020, 8:16 AM

Google’s YouTube can’t be forced to give authorities the detailed private contact information of people posting copyright-infringing films on its platform, the European Union’s top court said.

“When a film is unlawfully uploaded onto an online platform, such as YouTube,” the company may have to provide the culprit’s postal address, the EU Court of Justice in Luxembourg ruled on Thursday.

But EU law doesn’t allow for further personal information to be shared, such as the user’s email, IP address, or the phone number, the judges said.

The case stems from a German court dispute in which the owner of...

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