Germany: Youtube is not responsible for the IP violations by third parties

On 28th January, 2016, the Oberlandesgericht of Munich established that Youtube is not responsible for the IP violations made by third parties through the platform.
GEMA, the German collecting society, asked Youtube to pay the royalties for the utilization of music in some Videos uploaded by the users.
However, Youtube refused to accept the charges, given its role as a provider of a technical service.
As a consequence, lawyers said, Youtube don't have any influence on the publication of the Contents.
The Oberlandesgericht of Munich accepted these argumentations and ruled that GEMA schould address its
compliants against the users and not against YouTube.
The decision is not definitve and GEMA announced that it will bring an appeal before the Bundesgerichtshof.

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