When Is A Link Not A Link?

Discussion in 'NZ Computing' started by Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Oct 19, 2010.

  1. <http://www.h-online.com/newsticker/news/item/Heise-vs-the-music-industry-German-appeal-court-rejects-link-ban-1108835.html>:

    If the link was included purely for provision of information,
    effectively functioning as a footnote, it would tend to be permissible.
    The contrary would be true if it merely served to aid readers in
    procuring illegal software.

    ...

    The music industry argued that the report, and in particular the
    placement of the link, was in no way aimed at imparting knowledge. The
    sole intention of the link was, according to the industry, to make it
    easier for readers to gain immediate access to the software.

    Frankly, I don’t know why they bothered. Anybody could have found the
    company by doing a web search on its name. And reporting its name in the
    article wasn’t illegal, was it?

    But that’s the “music industry†(presumably, actually the “recording
    industryâ€) for you...
    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Oct 19, 2010
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