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EFF and Media Defence submit an amicus brief to the European Court of Human Rights asking for no intermediary liability for social media users

April 8, 2022

A French mayor, Julien Sanchez, is seeking review of the Sanchez v. France decision in the European Court of Human Rights’ Grand Chamber which extended online intermediary liability rules to social media users. Last year, its lower chamber found that there was no violation of freedom of expression...

New Intermediary Liability Cases from the European Court of Human Rights: What Will They Mean in the Real World?

April 11, 2016

Last summer, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) delivered a serious setback to free expression on the Internet. The Court held, in Delfi v. Estonia, that a government could compel a news site to monitor its users’ online comments about articles.* This winter, the Court’s...

Delfi Reloaded: The ECHR Confirms that Internet News Portals Are Liable for User-Generated Defamatory Comments

June 16, 2015

Today, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) delivered a long-awaited decision in Delphi AS v. Estonia. Confirming an earlier judgment rendered on October 10, 2013 by the Fifth Section of the ECHR, the Grand Chamber held that finding Delfi liable for comments posted by third...

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