WebGuard organized an exemplary legal proceeding in 2010 to find out if the right of information according to article 8 EC-Directive 2004/48 (Germany: § 101 UrhG) gives the right to demand payment information.
The Higher Regional Court in Cologne decided that:
- File hosters have to offer information.
- Moreover, hosters based in Switzerland have to provide information.
- They have to disclose the name and the address of the uploader.
- They also have to disclose e-mail addresses and telephone numbers.
However, the copyright owners don’t have the right to receive the bank account information, because such information is not part of the EC-Directive 2004/48 (article 8).
[Higher Regional Court – OLG Köln, verdict of 25.03.2011 – Az. 6 U 87/10]