June 14, 2021

Europe: Advisory Opinion From EU Court of Justice Says Hyperlinking to Unlawfully Published Copyright Images is Legal

From IDG News Service:

Publishing hyperlinks to photos from, say, Playboy magazine is legal — even if the website linked to doesn’t have permission to publish the images, a top European Union judge has said.

That’s because hyperlinking to a document does not constitute a fresh publication, according to Melchior Wathelet, advocate general of the Court of Justice of the EU, in a legal opinion issued Thursday.

But his opinion, on a case brought by the publisher of Playboy magazine, is only advisory, and it still remains for the CJEU to make a final ruling on the matter.

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About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) 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 Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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