Highest EU Court Considers Criminalizing Website Hyperlinks
EU CONSIDERS CRIMINALIZING WEBSITES HYPERLINKS
Social media, online journalism, blogs, web searches, comment sections could all be affected by ruling
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Adan Salazar | Infowars.com
The highest court in the European Union this week heard arguments which could impact the ability to link to content on the Internet.
Presiding over a case threatening the nature of the web as we know it, the European Court of Justice (CJEU) on Wednesday debated whether website hyperlinks to content which infringes copyright laws should be permitted.
The court heard arguments regarding the GS Media case, in which a popular Dutch blog site posted links to leaked photos on a separate file hosting site.
Arguing the central role hyperlinks play in the digital environment, the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) wrote that linking to content freely available online should be legal and was already ruled on by the court in earlier cases.
“If this capacity…
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