ECtHR Rules on Liability of ISPs as a Restriction of Freedom of Speech

Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice, 2014, Vol. 9, No. 2

Posted: 23 Jan 2014  

Martin Husovec

Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC); Tilburg University - Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT); Stanford University - Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society

Date Written: December 22, 2013

Abstract

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in Strasbourg handed down its first case concerning the liability of intermediaries. A ruling of the Estonian Supreme Court that imposed broad liability and a general monitoring obligation upon an internet news portal vis-à-vis third party comments made on its website under one of the news items was found by the ECtHR to be proportionate and justified interference with the freedom of expression. This is a brief case comment on this case.

Keywords: case note, intermediary liability, ISPs, human rights, freedom of speech, general no-monitoring obligation

Suggested Citation

Husovec, Martin, ECtHR Rules on Liability of ISPs as a Restriction of Freedom of Speech (December 22, 2013). Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice, 2014, Vol. 9, No. 2. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2383148

Martin Husovec (Contact Author)

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Stanford University - Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society ( email )

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