For the first time a Dutch court ruled that an internet hosting provider is liable for damages resulting from activities on the website it is hosting. Liability was based on the fact that the host was unwilling to immediately cease its hosting services to an illegal (torrent) website. These damages may entail the revenues that copyright holders have missed because their music, movies, games and books have been downloaded and uploaded illegally via torrent website Sumotorrent.com for four years.
De Brauw acted as adviser to Stichting BREIN in this matter. Stichting BREINis a content protection foundation representing the majority of Dutch right holders for film, music, digital books, software and other multimedia works.
Team: Tobias Cohen Jehoram, Paul Tjiam, Vivien Rorsch, Douwe Groenevelt