Did the Romans Get it Right? What Delfi, Google, eBay, and UPC TeleKabel Wien Have in Common

L. Floridi and M. Taddeo, The Responsibilities of Online Service Providers, Springer, 2016

20 Pages Posted: 22 Sep 2016  

Peggy Valcke

KU Leuven - Centre for IT & IP Law (CiTiP); European University Institute - Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS)

Aleksandra Kuczerawy

KU Leuven, Centre for IT & IP Law (CiTiP)

Pieter-Jan Ombelet

KU Leuven - Centre for IT & IP Law (CiTiP)

Date Written: September 15, 2016

Abstract

This chapter provides an analysis of the recent landmark cases of the CJEU and ECtHR on the role and liability of Online Service Providers (OSPs) in policing content on the internet. The authors assess legal arguments in Google France, eBay, UPC TeleKabel Wien and Delfi to discover how the rulings accommodate the right to freedom of expression and the safe harbours in the EU E-Commerce Directive. They examine how knowledge and awareness of illegal content impact the OSPs responsibilities and duties (of care) to restrict content. Finally, they seek guidance in Roman law and the concepts of ‘bonus pater familias’ and ‘bonus ac diligens scriptor’ to fully understand the position and the responsibilities of the OSPs.

Keywords: liability of Online Service Providers, content policing, freedom of expression, E-Commerce Directive, press ethics, journalistic responsibility, duty of care

Suggested Citation

Valcke, Peggy and Kuczerawy, Aleksandra and Ombelet, Pieter-Jan, Did the Romans Get it Right? What Delfi, Google, eBay, and UPC TeleKabel Wien Have in Common (September 15, 2016). L. Floridi and M. Taddeo, The Responsibilities of Online Service Providers, Springer, 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2839213 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2839213

Peggy Valcke

KU Leuven - Centre for IT & IP Law (CiTiP) ( email )

Sint-Michielsstraat 6 box 3443
Leuven, 3000
Belgium

European University Institute - Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS) ( email )

Villa La Fonte, via delle Fontanelle 18
50016 San Domenico di Fiesole
Florence, Florence 50014
Italy

Aleksandra Kuczerawy (Contact Author)

KU Leuven, Centre for IT & IP Law (CiTiP) ( email )

Sint-Michielsstraat 6 box 3443
Leuven
Belgium

Pieter-Jan Ombelet

KU Leuven - Centre for IT & IP Law (CiTiP) ( email )

Sint-Michielsstraat 6 box 3443
Leuven, 3000
Belgium

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