One of the key points in the debates around the world about anti-piracy legislation is how responsible the owner of an IP address / payer of the broadband bill is for illegal filesharing that takes place on their network. Now, some news from Germany that won’t be music to rightsholders’ ears. The Federal Court has ruled that a couple are not responsible for 1,147 music tracks made available for online sharing by their 13 year-old son. They had originally been found guilty by a district court and ordered to pay €5,380, but the country’s highest court has now overturned that decision. Its ruling: the parents did their duty by telling their son that illegal filesharing is, well, illegal – so were not obliged to monitor his online activity.

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