Playboy Wins EU Top Court Ruling On Web Links

Law360, New York (September 8, 2016, 12:20 PM EDT) -- Playboy won a ruling from the European​ Union's top appeals court Thursday blocking a Dutch website from linking to images posted without the magazine's permission, a decision that could have a major impact on websites and internet users throughout the bloc.

Weighing in on the long-contentious question of whether linking to copyright​-​infringing material is itself illegal, the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled that for-profit websites that link to unauthorized material will themselves be violating European copyright law.

The ruling is a win for Playboy's Dutch publisher, Sanoma Media Netherlands BV, which had sued to block the operators of...

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