• Welcome to TechPowerUp Forums, Guest! Please check out our forum guidelines for info related to our community.

European Court of Justice Ruling Prohibits P2P Filtering by ISPs


Editor & Senior Moderator
Staff member
Oct 9, 2007
34,491 (9.18/day)
Hyderabad, India
The European Court of Justice, the highest court in the European Union, ruled that P2P filters installed by ISPs violate the European Directive on electronic commerce as well as fundamental rights. The full ruling can be accessed here. This comes as a major blow to stingy ISPs who conserve and shed bandwidth in the name of checking peer-to-peer (P2P) traffic, by somehow deeming that all P2P traffic consists of unlawful sharing of copyrighted content and software.

The ruling is part of a case filed by SABAM (Belgium's equivalent of RIAA), which sued ISP Scarlet for not filtering P2P traffic, and in the process, facilitating copyright infringement. A Brussels Lower Court then ordered Scarlet to install a filtering system to monitor the internet traffic of its subscribers. In response Scarlet appealed against the verdict in the European Court of Justice. Scarlet argued that a filtering system would be incompatible with the Directive on electronic commerce and with fundamental rights. The European Court of Justice ruled in agreement with Scarlet.

"In the present case, the injunction requiring the installation of a filtering system involves monitoring, in the interests of copyright holders, all electronic communications made through the network of the internet service provider concerned. That monitoring, moreover, is not limited in time," stated the Court of Justice, "Such an injunction would thus result in a serious infringement of Scarlet's freedom to conduct its business as it would require Scarlet to install a complicated, costly, permanent computer system at its own expense," it continued.

"What is more, the effects of the injunction would not be limited to Scarlet, as the filtering system would also be liable to infringe the fundamental rights of its customers, namely their right to protection of their personal data and their right to receive or impart information, which are rights safeguarded by the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU," proceeded the Court.

"It is common ground, first, that the injunction would involve a systematic analysis of all content and the collection and identification of users' IP addresses from which unlawful content on the network is sent. Those addresses are protected personal data," the Court further clarified, stating "Secondly, the injunction could potentially undermine freedom of information since that system might not distinguish adequately between unlawful content and lawful content, with the result that its introduction could lead to the blocking of lawful communications."

Source: OSNews
Apr 21, 2010
4,665 (1.65/day)
Wow, if there is no overturned ruling on this, this could be a huge blow for the "anti-piracy" bureaucrats who like to think they have a god given right to try and force ISP's to spy on their customers in the name of copyright, here here to that ruling may it stand up cause this is good news for everyone who believes in freedom of speech and opposes censorship!
Jan 10, 2011
718 (0.28/day)
A sad excuse of a country called Sudan.
System Name
Processor Intel Core i7 4770k
Motherboard Asus B85M-G
Cooling Corsair H60
Memory 20GB
Video Card(s) Gigabyte GTX 1080 OC.
Storage Samsung 850 Evo + lots of TBs of HDD storage.
Display(s) A Samsung S24D590 Primary + Philips 220E (sans two pixel-columns) secondary
Case Corsair Graphite 780T
Audio Device(s) On-Board
Power Supply Coolermaster 850V
Mouse Steelseries Sensei Raw
Keyboard Microsoft Sidewinder X4
Software MS Win7 Ultimate X64 (Until it reaches EoL, anyway)
Benchmark Scores Me no know English. What bench mean? Bench like one sit on?
ha, ha, ha !
Bastards should've stayed quite.


Senior Monkey Moderator
Feb 6, 2007
13,817 (3.45/day)
Cheeseland (Wisconsin, USA)
1% of the population use 99% of the bandwidth.


It's nice to see a judgement in favor of open internet access from a governing body instead of "OMGWTFPIRATES"


Editor & Senior Moderator
Staff member
Oct 9, 2007
34,491 (9.18/day)
Hyderabad, India
1% of the population use 99% of the bandwidth.
Yeah, because the other 99% is just using its bandwidth for Facebook and kitten videos on Youtube.

Nothing is stopping the 99% from getting that bittorrent client and um...downloading the latest Fedora Linux .iso file!
Oct 2, 2004
12,591 (2.59/day)
System Name Dark Silence 2
Processor Intel Core i7 5820K @ 4.5 GHz (1.15V)
Motherboard MSI X99A Gaming 7
Cooling Cooler Master Nepton 120XL
Memory 32 GB DDR4 Kingston HyperX Fury 2400 MHz @ 2666 MHz
Video Card(s) AORUS GeForce GTX 1080Ti 11GB (2000/11100)
Storage Samsung 850 Pro 2TB SSD (3D V-NAND)
Display(s) ASUS VG248QE 144Hz 1ms (DisplayPort)
Case Corsair Carbide 330R Titanium
Audio Device(s) Creative Sound BlasterX AE-5 + Altec Lansing MX5021 (HiFi capacitors and OPAMP upgrade)
Power Supply BeQuiet! Dark Power Pro 11 750W
Mouse Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum
Keyboard Cherry Stream XT Black
Software Windows 10 Pro 64-bit (Fall Creators Update)
Thank god we still have someone with some common sense and knowledge in the EU's top.


New Member
Jan 27, 2011
36 (0.01/day)
Maidstone, UK
Processor i5 2500k @ 4.5GHz
Motherboard Asus Maximus IV Gene-Z
Cooling Custom Watercooling
Memory Corsair 8GB XMS3 1600MHz CAS9
Video Card(s) VTX3D HD7970 @1250MHz/1450MHz
Storage Crucial C300 64GB, Kingston SSDNow 128GB, Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB
Display(s) Dell 3007WFP-HC, Dell 2001FP
Case Lan Gear Da Box 100
Audio Device(s) Asus Xonar Xense
Power Supply Silverstone Strider 750W Gold
Software Windows 7 64-bit
SABAM (Belgium's equivalent of RIAA), which sued ISP Scarlet for not filtering P2P traffic, and in the process, facilitating copyright infringement
Great news, and I especially liked this bit. It's like suing the Highways Agency because they don't automatically block thieves in getaway cars :laugh:.
Oct 12, 2009
283 (0.09/day)
Zagreb, Croatia
Processor Phenom II X3 720 BE @ 3.15 GHz
Motherboard Gigabyte MA790X-UD4
Cooling Zalman CNPS10X Optima
Memory Corsair XMS2, 2x2 GB DDR2, 800 MHz, CL5
Video Card(s) Asus R9 270X DirectCu II
Storage Caviar Black 500 GB & Caviar Green 1 TB
Display(s) Dell U2311H (23'' IPS)
Case Gigabyte GZ-X5
Power Supply Corsair VX550
Software Win 7 Pro 64-bit
When I read this in the morning, it made my day :)
Dec 18, 2009
2,406 (0.81/day)
London, UK
System Name Slick
Processor Intel i5 2467M
Motherboard Samsung Series 5 Ultrabook
Memory 8GB Corsair Value
Storage Crucial M4 7mm 256GB
Display(s) 13"
Software Windows 8 Pro x64
This is great news! :)
Jul 27, 2011
103 (0.04/day)
System Name Frankenstein
Processor i7 4770K @ 4.4Ghz
Motherboard Asrock Z87 Pro4
Cooling Corsair H100
Memory 4 x 8Gb DDR3 Corsair Dominator 2133Mhz C9
Video Card(s) EVGA 980ti Hybrid
Storage Samsung 850 Pro 512Gb + 850 Evo 256Gb + 19Tb storage (WDC, Seagate)
Display(s) ROG SWIFT PG278Q
Case Corsair 780T White
Audio Device(s) M-Audio SuperDAC + AudioEngine A5+ White
Power Supply EVGA Supernova G2 1300W
Mouse Logitech G502 Spectrum
Keyboard Blackwidow Chroma Stealth
Software Windows 7 X64
I must be dreaming.... :respect:
Jul 20, 2008
4,016 (1.16/day)
System Name Desktop|| Virtual Host 0
Processor Intel Core i5 2500-K @ 4.3ghz || 2x Xeon L5630 (total 8 cores, 16 threads)
Motherboard ASUS P8Z68-V || Dell PowerEdge R710 (Intel 5520 chipset)
Cooling Corsair Hydro H100 || Stock hotplug fans and passive heatsinks
Memory 4x4gb Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600 || 12x4gb Hynix DDR3 1066 FB-DIMMs
Video Card(s) MSI GTX 760 Gaming Twin Frozr 4GB OC || Don't know, don't care
Storage Hitachi 7K3000 2TB || 6x300gb 15k rpm SAS internal hotswap, 12x3tb Seagate NAS drives in enclosure
Display(s) ViewSonic VA2349S || remote iDRAC KVM console
Case Antec P280 || Dell PowerEdge R710
Audio Device(s) HRT MusicStreamer II+ and Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 || Don't know, don't care
Power Supply SeaSonic X650 Gold || 2x870w hot-swappable
Mouse Logitech G500 || remote iDRAC KVM console
Keyboard Logitech G510 || remote iDRAC KVM console
Software Win7 Ultimate x64 || VMware vSphere 6.0 with vCenter Server 6.0
Benchmark Scores Over 9000 on the scouter
May 16, 2011
1,430 (0.59/day)
A frozen turdberg.
System Name Runs Smooth
Processor FX 8350
Motherboard Crosshair V Formula Z
Cooling Corsair H110 with AeroCool Shark 140mm fans
Memory 16GB G-skill Trident X 1866 Cl. 8
Video Card(s) HIS 7970 IceQ X² GHZ Edition
Storage OCZ Vector 256GB SSD & 1Tb piece of crap
Display(s) acer H243H
Case NZXT Phantom 820 matte black
Audio Device(s) Nada
Power Supply NZXT Hale90 V2 850 watt
Software Windows 7 Pro
Benchmark Scores Lesbians are hot!!!


Staff member
Oct 6, 2004
46,204 (9.52/day)
System Name Daddy Long Legs
Processor Ryzen R7 1700, 3.9GHz 1.375v
Motherboard MSI X370 Gaming PRO carbon
Cooling Fractal Celsius S24 (Silent fans, meh pump)
Memory 16GB 2133 generic @ 2800
Video Card(s) MSI GTX 1080 Gaming X (BIOS modded to Gaming Z - faster and solved black screen bugs!)
Storage 1TB Intel SSD Pro 6000p (60TB USB3 storage)
Display(s) Samsung 4K 40" HDTV (UA40KU6000WXXY) / 27" Qnix 2K 110Hz
Case Fractal Design R5. So much room, so quiet...
Audio Device(s) Pioneer VSX-519V + Yamaha YHT-270 / sennheiser HD595/518 + Corsair Void RGB
Power Supply Corsair HX 750i (Platinum, fan off til 300W)
Mouse Logitech G403 + KKmoon desk-sized mousepad
Keyboard Corsair K65 Rapidfire
Software Windows 10 pro x64 (all systems)
Benchmark Scores Laptops: i7-4510U + 840M 2GB (touchscreen) 275GB SSD + 16GB i7-2630QM + GT 540M + 8GB

its good to hear however, as i use torrents to trasnfer files between myself and friends all the time. its an extremely robust system that doesnt suffer dropouts/disconnects like HTTP or FTTP, and the more people who want the file, the faster it gets.
Apr 10, 2010
1,677 (0.59/day)
System Name Jaspe
Processor i7 7800X 4.3Ghz
Motherboard MSI X299 Gaming Pro Carbon AC
Cooling Silverstone Tundra Lite
Memory 16Gb Corsair 3200mhz
Video Card(s) EVGA GTX 1080 SC
Storage PNY M.2 480GB Crucial M500 WD Velociraptor
Display(s) AOC Q2778VQE
Case In Win GRone
Audio Device(s) Onboard
Power Supply Antec Signature 650
Software Windows 10 Home
the more people who want the file, the faster it gets
That's what it's all about, but some people still don't get it. Best news of the year. :)
Apr 12, 2010
1,261 (0.44/day)
Processor Core i7 920
Motherboard Asus P6T v2
Cooling Noctua D-14
Memory OCZ Gold 1600
Video Card(s) Powercolor PCS+ 5870
Storage Samsung SpinPoint F3 1 TB
Display(s) Samsung LE-B530 37" TV
Case Lian Li PC-B25F
Audio Device(s) N/A
Power Supply Thermaltake Toughpower 700w
Software Windows 7 64-bit
Politicians representing the interests of the voting public rather than the interests of corporations? What is the world coming to?


Overclocked quantum bit
Dec 6, 2007
14,663 (3.97/day)
Quantum Well UK
System Name Quantumville™
Processor Intel Core i7-2700K at stock (hits 5 gees+ easily)
Motherboard Asus P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3
Cooling Noctua NH-D14
Memory 16GB (4 x 4GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3 PC3-12800 C9 1600MHz)
Video Card(s) Zotac GTX 1080 AMP! Extreme Edition
Storage Samsung 850 Pro 256GB | WD Green 4TB
Display(s) BenQ XL2720Z | Asus VG278HE (both 27", 144Hz, 3D Vision 2, 1080p)
Case Cooler Master HAF 922
Audio Device(s) Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Fatal1ty PCIe
Power Supply Corsair HX 850W v1
Software Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
This is a great moment for common sense against corporate corruption and greed!

Expect the EU court to reverse its decision in a week...
Oct 31, 2008
932 (0.28/day)
Portland, OR
Processor AMD FX-8350
Motherboard Asus M5A99X Evo
Cooling Noctua
Memory 16GB G.SKILL Sniper DDR3 1866
Video Card(s) EVGA 980ti FTW
Storage (OS)Samsung 950 Pro (512GB), (Data) WD Reds
Display(s) 24" Dell UltraSharp U2412M
Case Fractal Design Define R4
Audio Device(s) Sennheiser GAME ONE
Power Supply Corsair HX750i
Mouse Mionix Castor
Keyboard Deck Hassium Pro
Software Windows 7 Pro x64
this news made my day

I hope it doesnt get overturned