German ruling sanctions deep linking
Germany’s highest court has ruled that bypassing the home pages of websites and linking directly to their content does not violate copyright and competition laws
Germany's highest court has ruled that bypassing the home
pages of websites and linking directly to their content does
not violate copyright and competition laws.
The long-awaited decision by the German Federal Supreme
Court in favour of online search engine Paperboy on July 17
sets a precedent that confirms the legality of deep linking in
The decision in the case of publishing company Holtzbrinck
against Paperboy is a victory for deep linking sites in
Germany, such as Paperboy and NewsClub, which have been
threatened with closure because of anti-deep linking rulings
elsewhere in Europe, such as Denmark and the Netherlands.
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