Streaming Porn Not Illegal, German Court Rules

Gigaom, Sunday, December 22, 2013 1:11 PM
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Earlier this month it emerged that a German law firm had been sending thousands of threatening letters to people it accused of watching streaming video on the porn platform RedTube, demanding that these people pay up to €250 ($344) per clip on the basis of copyright infringement. Well, for now, Germans can happily watch free streaming video again — porn included — without worrying they’re breaking the law. On Friday, the Cologne district court, which originally allowed law firm Urmann + Collegen to send out the letters on behalf of Swiss rights-holder firm The Archive, said it had changed its mind following numerous complaints. 

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