The Court of Justice of the European Union’s (ECJ) ruling is great news for social networks that have long maintained they can’t be held liable for the misdemeanours of their users.
The mere mention of internet filters is enough to get alarm bells ringing around the web and with social media a far more pervasive force in our lives any move by a network to monitor user data will be akin to signing its death warrant.
But what does that mean for the rights of the content creators and the protection of copyright?
Social networks cannot and will not block their users but that’s unlikely to stop entertainment companies and publishers from trying their best to police the net. After all there is a lot at stake here, the Netlog case focused on the issue of digital piracy of music and this infographic from the team at WebpageFX highlights what’s got the entertainment industry up in arms.