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Legal news from Friday, April 20, 2012

[JURIST] The High Court of Australia [official website] ruled [judgment] Friday that internet service providers (ISPs) cannot be held liable for the copyright infringement of their customers in the case of Roadshow Films v. iiNet Limited. The court ruled that the specific systems used to perpetrate the copyright infringement were … [read more]

[JURIST] The Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC) [advocacy website], a Jewish human rights organization committed to finding and prosecuting Holocaust war criminals, called on the government of Hungary to prosecute former Nazi Laszlo Csatary in its annual report [text, PDF; press release] issued Wednesday. Csatary was a police chief in Slovakia … [read more]

[JURIST] The Alabama House of Representatives [official website] on Thursday passed changes to the state's immigration law [HB 56, PDF], said to be one of the toughest in the nation. The revised bill, passed 64-34 [Reuters report], comes in response to litigation filed since the legislation was originally passed last … [read more]

[JURIST] The Pentagon announced on Thursday that two Uighur [JURIST news archive] detainees were released [press release] from the US detention center at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] to be transferred to El Salvador, where they have chosen to resettle. They are being released pursuant to a 2008 order [JURIST report] … [read more]

[JURIST] The Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina [official website] on Thursday began the trial [press release] of eight Bosnian Muslims charged with abuse and torture of Serbian prisoners during the Bosnian Civil War [JURIST archive]. The prosecution claims that Serbian civilians were unlawfully detained and subjected to inhumane treatment [Reuters … [read more]

[JURIST] The European Court of Justice (ECJ) [official website] found [judgment] Thursday that Sweden has no law preventing Swedish internet service providers (ISPs) from disclosing user data of individuals suspected of pirating copyrighted material. Five book publishers brought suit against Swedish ISP ePhone [official website, in Swedish] for its refusal … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website] on Thursday confirmed [press release] and proceeded with the transfer of former Rwandan pastor Jean-Bosco Uwinkindi [Hague Justice profile; case materials] to Rwanda. Uwinkindi is the first ICTR genocide suspect to be transferred to a national court [AP report]. The … [read more]

[JURIST] A court in Hamburg, Germany ruled Friday that Google's YouTube service must use a filter to prevent people from uploading music videos that the do not have the right to upload. The ruling effectively holds Google liable [AP report] for content that is uploaded by users and increases their … [read more]

[JURIST] International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official profile] said Thursday that Libya has gathered evidence to bring Saif al-Islam Gaddafi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] to trial. Saif al-Islam, the son of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive] was indicted [JURIST … [read more]

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