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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    Anonymous Coward, 23 Sep 2008 @ 8:07am

    Having followed the numerous cases dealing with search engines that can point to what is undeniably infringing content, I am not aware of any court decision in the US that has held a company liable under copyright law merely because its search engine, even in the extreme case, is generally directed to pointing almost exclusively to infringing content available for file sharing where the content is not physically hosted on the company's servers.

    These cases have generally found liability based upon additional factors associated with other company actions beyond the mere existence of its search engine. For example, is the company responding in good faith to takedown notices? Is the company openly encouraging sharing of files it has notice comprise infringing material? Does the company act in some other overt manner that can reasonably be viewed as facilitating such sharing? Etc.

    Company liability is generally predicated upon the totality of facts as contained in the evidentiary record, and not just the fact that a search engine is involved. A relatively good example of some of the salient facts bearing upon this analysis can be found in the Grokster decision by a unanimous US Supreme Court.

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