The Italian Court of Appeal overturned the recent decision of the Court of Rome reported in a previous post against Yahoo! on the Internet liability regime appliable to search engines relating to the alleged breach by Yahoo! of intellectual property rights through links to websites allowing the streaming view, the downloading or P2P transfer of the movie "About Elly".
The Court of Rome has issued a decision on the Internet liability of search engines that will lead to considerable discussions. PFA Films S.r.l., as exclusive licensee of exploitation rights on the movie “About Elly” of the director Asghar Farhadi, brought an interim injunction before the Court of Rome against Google Italy S.r.l., Yahoo! Italia S.r.l. and Microsoft S.r.l. (as owner of the search engine Bing) because of the breach of their IPRs through links to websites allowing the streaming view, the downloading or P2P transfer of the movie without PFA’s consent.