A regulatory conundrum in the platform economy, case C-390/18 Airbnb Ireland
Airbnb was accused of hollowing out European city centres and competing unfairly with hotels. The main question is whether the services provided by Airbnb fell within the material scope of Directive 2000/31 and must be regarded as an ‘information society service’. Determining the exact nature of the service provided by Airbnb and the precise scope of Article 3(4) of Directive 2000/31 was critical both for the companies in the sharing economy market and Member States. This article attempts to examine the judgement from the European Court of Justice and provides insights on the similar issues.
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