Youtube and other online platforms should not be held liable for copyright-infringing content uploaded by users, The European Union top court ruled on Tuesday.
The ruling comes as the latest development in a long-running battle between Europe's $1 trillion creative industry and online platforms.
"As currently stands, operators of online platforms do not, in principle, themselves make a communication to the public of copyright-protected content illegally posted online by users of those platforms," the European Court of Justice said.
Moreover, they could be held liable if it "has specific knowledge that protected content is available illegally on its platform and refrains from expeditiously deleting it or blocking access to it," the European Court of Justice added.
The EU court ruling was referred to it by the Federal Court of Justice in Germany which is hearing two cases of copyright infringements over illegally uploaded content.
The first lawsuit was filed against Youtube by a music producer, Frank Peterson over the uploading of videos on YouTube by users in 2008 of several phonograms to which he holds the rights. And the second lawsuit was filed against file-hosting service Cyando in 2013 by publisher Elsevier over various copyrighted works posted online without his permission.