Copyright: ISPs should block pirate websites, says ECJ advocate general

On 26 November 2013, advocate general Cruz Villalòn (AG) of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) issued his opinion in case C-314/12 UPC Telekabel Wien. The Austrian Supreme Court referred to the ECJ the question on whether injunctions imposing to internet service providers (ISP) the adoption of blocking measures against copyright-infringing websites are compatible or not with EU laws.

In the main proceedings, two movie production companies took action against the Austrian ISP UPC Telekabel Wien (Telekabel) seeking an injunction prohibiting the latter to provide access to a website (www.kino.to) containing copyright-infringing material. The national court granted such injunction without mentioning the specific measures to be taken by Telekabel…

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