May 24, 2022

In Today's News: Two Major Copyright Rulings From the UK (w/ Full Text of Opinions)

1. “The Court of Appeal in London has today upheld a ruling that headlines and web links taken from newspapers websites are protected by copyright.” (via Managing IP)

Case: NLA v Meltwater & PRCA

Full Text of Ruling (via BAILII)

“PRCA and Meltwater are trying to broaden the case out, painting it as an internet-wide assault on consumers’ ability to use the humble hyperlink. But this ruling – as bizarre as it may seem when applied in the digital age – affects commercial operators alone, and is not so much about links per se as about the headlines and story text aggregators copy in order to deliver those links. Licenses are not sought from free aggregators like Google News.”

2. “UK Supreme Court Extends Copyright Jurisdiction” (via Managing Intellectual Property)

“English courts have jurisdiction to hear disputes over US copyright involving English defendants, the UK Supreme Court ruled today.” Complete Report from the BBC

Case: Lucasfilm Limited and others (Appellants) v Ainsworth and another (Respondents)

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Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.