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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