Website Link, Excerpts Don't Infringe, Canadian Judge Says

Law360, New York (June 26, 2012, 8:50 PM EDT) -- Saying that a link and excerpts didn't constitute copyright infringement, a Canadian judge on Thursday dismissed a suit brought by a controversial human rights lawyer against a conservative political website.

Ottawa Federal Court Judge Donald J. Rennie ruled against attorney Richard Warman, who along with the National Post Co. had sued Free Dominion website operators Mark and Constance Fournier for having reproduced a speech Warman had written and parts of a newspaper article that had been written about him, and for linking a photograph that was published on Warman's own website.

The Free Dominion website had posted parts of an article...

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