TorrentFreak: YouTube is Not Liable for Copyright Infringing Videos, Appeal Court Rules

TorrentFreak: YouTube is Not Liable for Copyright Infringing Videos, Appeal Court Rules. “The Higher Regional Court of Vienna, Austria, has ruled that YouTube can’t be held liable for infringing videos uploaded by users. The Court overturned a previous verdict which held that YouTube takes an “active role,” which disqualifies it from safe harbor protection. Rightsholder Puls 4 is disappointed with the outcome and will take the case to the Supreme Court.”

TechCrunch: ECJ to rule on whether Facebook needs to hunt for hate speech

TechCrunch: ECJ to rule on whether Facebook needs to hunt for hate speech. “Austria’s Supreme Court is referring a legal challenge over the extent of Facebook’s responsibility to remove hate speech postings to Europe’s top court for an opinion…. The case has clear implications for freedom of speech online. The original lawsuit against Facebook was filed by the former leader of the Austrian Green Party, Eva Glawischnig, in 2016, after she had sought to have what she claimed were defamatory postings removed from the site (and Facebook had refused to take them down).”

Phys.org: Google Street View finally captures missing Austria

Phys.org: Google Street View finally captures missing Austria. “In 2010, Google had begun to roll out its service in Austria and neighbouring Germany but was ordered to halt operations over alleged privacy breaches. The company admitted that vehicles had accidentally recorded personal data from wireless networks. Although Austria lifted its temporary ban a year later, Street View decided not return to the alpine nation—until now.”

Reuters: Austrian court rules Facebook must delete ‘hate postings’

Reuters: Austrian court rules Facebook must delete ‘hate postings’. “Facebook must remove postings deemed as hate speech, an Austrian court has ruled, in a legal victory for campaigners who want to force social media companies to combat online ‘trolling’. The case – brought by Austria’s Green party over insults to its leader – has international ramifications as the court ruled the postings must be deleted across the platform and not just in Austria, a point that had been left open in an initial ruling.”

Bloomberg Quint: You Think Google Search Is Free? Austria Seeks to Tax It Anyway

Bloomberg Quint: You Think Google Search Is Free? Austria Seeks to Tax It Anyway. “Austria is seeking ways to make digital services like Alphabet Inc.’s Google or Facebook Inc. pay taxes for transactions with the nation’s internet users, trying to plug gaps in a tax system still designed for brick-and-mortar business.”