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 Germany.

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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@Serena_Tierney @BDB_Law Good news for IP owners. And more money to @The_IPO too! Do you think more cases will follow, Serena?

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@sebjam_es @JamTarts @StephenBeney Would be interesting to see what courts would make of a club suing own fans for copyright infringement

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Scottish Independence: Hearts @jamtarts probe Yes flags - Edinburgh Evening News: http://t.co/JcYuc2sk2P Curious copyright claim

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