Europe's top court, the Luxembourg-based Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ), has ruled that Social networks can't be forced to police their services for copyrighted material or block users.
The court said that the burden would drive their costs up and infringe on users'
"The owner of an online social network cannot be obliged to install a
general filtering system, covering all its users, in order to prevent
the unlawful use of musical and audio-visual work," the ECJ said in a
statement. "Such an injunction would result in a serious infringement of
Netlog's freedom to conduct its business since it would require Netlog
to install a complicated, costly, permanent computer system at its own
expense," it said. Judges also noted that forcing a company to install a
filter to "identify, analyze and process users' personal information"
might infringe on their privacy rights and could result in the blocking
Meanwhile the FBI continues to arrest people in other countries, where their laws would protect them.
Big brother is watching despite the local laws of independent nations.