UK's Top Court Says Web Reading Doesn't Infringe Copyrights

Law360, New York (April 17, 2013, 5:26 PM EDT) -- The U.K.'s highest court ruled Wednesday that individual end-users don't violate copyright law simply by reading infringing news stories on the Internet, even when their Web browsers make temporary copies of the protected content.

The U.K. Supreme Court said creating short-term reproductions of content on a user's computer is a technical aspect incidental to modern Web surfing technology — not the kind of legitimate copying or recording that violates copyright law.

Readers of physical media, like books and newspapers, have never risked infringement liability simply by...
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