Austrian Supreme Court finds YouTube not responsible for copyright infringements by users

Author: Rainer Schultes (Geistwert) and Alexander Schnider (Geistwert)
Published: 31.05.2022
Photo by CardMapr on Unsplash The Austrian Supreme Court held that YouTube – as a host service provider – was not responsible for copyright infringements by its users as long as it was not put on notice of the infringements (17. 9. 2021, 4 Ob 132/21x). For monetizing uploaded videos, the uploading user has to confirm that they have read the copyright provisions and have the copyright or usage rights to the videos. Puls 4 had argued that YouTube was responsible for copyright infringement by its users. YouTube, on the other hand, relied on the liability privilege for providers. The Austrian Supreme Court…