Austrian Internet users to pay for intransparent web blocking scheme

On 27 March 2014, the European Court of Justice (CJEU) ruled that national jurisdiction can order an injunction against an Internet Service Provider (ISP) requiring it to restrict its customers from accessing a website that is placing protected content online without the consent of the rights holder.

Four Austrian providers have continued to fight the details regarding the implementation of the decision before Austria’s supreme court (Oberster Gerichtshof, OGH) – without much success.

This week, Austrian online news platform “Futurezone” obtained a classified copy of the latest decision of the OGH. The document shows that the national supreme court decided to impose the costs of Austria’s blocking scheme on the operators – meaning that these will, in the end, be passed on to the customers.

Country: Austria

Domains: IG

Stakeholder: Judicial

Tags: court decision, Austria, protected content, injunction, CJEU, ISP, censorship, Internet blocking

Posted on Wednesday 11 March 2015

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