YouTube not ‘obliged to reveal pirates’ identity’

YouTube is not obliged to reveal private information on the identity of people posting illegal content on its platform, an EU court ruled on Thursday.

In a decision welcomed by the Google-owned video player, only the uploader’s postal address can be communicated, but not their email address, IP address or telephone number.

Users of the platform had put two films — Scary Movie 5 and Parker online in 2013 and 2014 without the German company’s agreement.

In the hunt for the wrongdoers, the distributor demanded information on the film pirates, which YouTube refused.

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