“Rojadirecta is Up for Battle Again in Italy”. The Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law school.









By Giancarlo Frosio for The Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School


The ongoing claims against the Rojadirecta website for linking to streams of sporting events are novel and quite important in defining the rights and responsibilities of intermediaries that host links to possibly infringing content stored elsewhere.

While the U.S. case against Rojadirecta was resolved a few years, ago, litigation continues in Italy.



The Rojadirecta cases show that Italy is setting up one of the harsher online environments for intermediaries. It often pursues copyright as a criminal case, rather than civil. This, in turn, allows the judicial authority to force Internet Service Providers to inhibit access to the infringing sites, which is a remedy unavailable in civil proceedings.


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