Is Europe really moving away from protecting online platforms?

12 October 2017

Nick Aries

The media and political debate continues to rage: should new obligations be put on online platforms and other internet intermediaries to try to limit the availability of unlawful content online, and if so what should those obligations look like? This article summarises where that debate has got to among European lawmakers, and reviews hot-off-the-press EU Commission Communication on measures taken by platforms tackling illegal content online.

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Nick Aries is a partner in Bird & Bird's IP Group. Nick advises on copyright, trade mark and design matters, with a particular focus on IP issues arising out of digital business models / the media sector.

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