Judge: Cloudflare doesn't have to cut off sites over copyright complaints

A federal judge ruled Thursday that hosting and security provider Cloudflare is not liable for copyright infringement by websites that use its services. Jon Brodkin:

Cloudflare was sued in November 2018 by Mon Cheri Bridals and Maggie Sottero Designs, two wedding dress manufacturers and sellers that alleged Cloudflare was guilty of contributory copyright infringement because it didn't terminate services for websites that infringed on the dressmakers' copyrighted designs. The companies sought a jury trial, but Judge Vince Chhabria yesterday granted Cloudflare's motion for summary judgment in a ruling in US District Court for the Northern District of California.

Brodkin's story doubles as a thorough summary of the law around contributory infringement.