Spain Recognizes That Deep Linking To Infringing Content Is Not Infringing

from the a-good-ruling dept

While other countries are still going back and forth on whether or not just linking to infringing content should be seen as infringing as well, an appeals court in Spain has upheld a lower court ruling that merely linking to infringing content is not infringing itself. This makes a lot of sense, as putting up links to content controlled by others should never be seen as a crime, especially when the linking party might not have any idea whether or not the linked content is infringing, and when that content could potentially change. Either way, this is a good ruling for various torrent tracker sites, since all they are doing is linking to content, rather than hosting any themselves.
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Filed Under: copyright, deep linking, infringement, liability, spain


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    NH, 23 Sep 2008 @ 7:34am

    While I agree overall with the point there are a few issues are there not? Regardless of the rights and wrongs of the current copyright system, there will be plenty of cases where sites are well aware that the content they are pointing to infringes copyright.... what then?

    Due to the nature of it all, there will be cases where its hard to prove but there will be plenty where it will be completely plain that the link is to something that does.

    The only parallel I can think of would be the real world where providing someone with the means to contact someone else to procure goods you knew to be stolen would be seen as failure to report a crime. Not sure is the US or Spain in this case has such a law but the UK does.

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