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Germany eyes wider porn streaming Fine

by FFE EU News Staff

 

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File sharing has long been connected to copyright infringement in Germany. But the possibility of taking legal actions against people caught video streaming was a legal first, and users of porn site RedTube were the first to be targeted.

 

For the past few months, Regensburg law firm Urmann + Colleagues (U+C) has been sending out cease-and-desist letters (abmahnung) and requiring RedTube users to pay a fine of €250 per copyrighted video watched for infringement. The legal move was brought about by the migration of internet users from fining file sharing to video streaming.

 

But the firm isn’t stopping there; they are looking beyond RedTube to other file sharing and video streaming websites, focusing on erotic sites. Thomas Urmann of the law firm said RedTube ‘was just a test case.

 

‘We have been looking into different sites and therefore I anticipate sending letters to users of those portals in the coming months.’

 

U+C has been able to trace who the users are by means of knowing their IP addresses. It was reported that internet providers have been giving these IP addresses to U+C, but nothing has been confirmed. Meanwhile, Cologne lawyer Christian Solmecke said ‘From my viewpoint, the consumers did nothing illegal.’ He advised those who received the letter not to pay the fine and to ignore the cease-and-desist order.

 

 

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