Study published investigating proposal changes for internet intermediaries liability

15 September 2017

A new study, as requested by the European Parliament, has been published entitled “Providers Liability: From the eCommerce Directive to the future” (by Prof. Giovanni Sartor). The study involves an analysis of current regulations and exceptions for internet intermediary platforms, including an investigation of both US and EU rationales and regimes. The study concludes that, whilst an EU regulation is needed to harmonise approaches to secondary liability, that intermediaries should be “maximally protected from liability when their intervention may affect their users’ freedom of expression” (particularly in relation to search engines and collaborative platforms).