EU Court Says Article Links Are Legal, But Questions Remain

Law360, New York (February 13, 2014, 3:54 PM EST) -- The European Union's highest court ruled Thursday that websites do not need to seek authorization to link to publicly accessible copyright-protected works, a narrow decision that European attorneys said left important questions about links to infringing material unanswered.

The Court of Justice of the European Union said that if a work had already been made available to the general public — in this case, news articles on a free site — then a third party could freely direct users to the content.

“The owner of a...
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