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Wednesday 23 April 2014

Linking to a website doesn't infringe copyright - EU Court of Justice

Websites can link to freely available online content without seeking permission from the copyright owner, the European Union’s highest court said.
Websites can link to freely available online content without seeking permission from the copyright owner, the European Union’s highest court said.

The European Court Of Justice has ruled that "freely available" copyrighted material may legally be linked to by third parties without fear of copyright infringement.

The decision, which is binding in Ireland and across the European Union, means that newspaper copyrighted content companies may no longer be able to sue organisations that post clickable web links to their articles, songs or videos.

The ruling applies to web links that connect to content which is already freely accessible on other websites.

However, the court said that the ruling did not apply to "restricted" content, such as newspaper articles that are only normally accessible behind a paywall or subscription service.

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