The Dutch Music and Film industry organisation “Stichting Brein” has won a landmark case against usenet provider Lawyers for Stichting Brein successfully argued that even though is only providing access to material uploaded elsewhere, because it is available on their servers they are responsible for policing it. As a result, has to come up with a way to remove or block access to all copyrighted content or face a fine of up to 50,000 euros per day.

This is potentially quite a worrying precedent for net neutrality. Not only does it potentially spell doom of usenet service providers all over Europe, but depending on how it is interpreted it could erode protection such as the UK “Mere Conduit” defence where ISP’s have been able to successfully argue that they cannot be held liable for civil or criminal infringements cause by users of their bandwidth as all they are is a “bit pipe” to the internet and that it is in fact the user who must be held liable.

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About Marc Rogers

Marc has been a hacker since the 80's and has worked in the security industry for almost 20 years. Some of Marc's professional highlights include a decade managing security in the operator Vodafone plc, and 5 years as working as the CSO for a real estate and asset management conglomerate in South Korea. Known as "Cyberjunky", "Cjunky" or just "CJ" in the hacker community Marc is the Head of Security and part of the CFP review board for DEF CON, the worlds largest hacker conference. After spending more than 15 years wrangling hackers, criminals and spooks Marc has seen it all. Sometimes several times at once. Professionally Marc uses his skills as a whitehat hacker and security evangelist to bring a positive outlook on security to today's global organizations. It's this outlook that Marc used when he helped put together the award winning BBC series "The Real Hustle". Today Marc works as the Principal Security Researcher for Lookout Mobile Security.