German court rules against AOL

Wednesday April 12 by Claudia bourneportalhub
In a ruling that could give the music industry a weapon against Internet piracy, a court said Wednesday that America Online is responsible when users swap bootleg music files on its service. The case before a Bavarian state court in Munich originated with Hit Box Software, a German company that sued AOL Germany for copyright violation in 1998 after discovering that its digital music files were being exchanged on the online service. An attorney for Hit Box, Stefan Ventroni, hailed the ruling as an important step toward giving musicians better protection against unauthorized use of their performances on the Internet.

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