European Commission Attack on Drudge and the Hyperlink

Monday, November 9, 2015
By Paul Martin

Proposed EU law puts simple act of linking to content under copyright protection

Kurt Nimmo
November 9,2015

EU apparatchiks are working on an ancillary copyright law that will threaten websites like the Drudge Report and

“The European Commission is preparing a frontal attack on the hyperlink, the basic building block of the Internet as we know it. This is based on an absurd idea that just won’t die: Making search engines and news portals pay media companies for promoting their freely accessible articles,” writes Julia Reda, a German activist from the Pirate Party and a member of the European Parliament.

Reda cites a draft communication on copyright reform leaked last week.

The document proposes “putting the simple act of linking to content under copyright protection. This idea flies in the face of both existing interpretation and spirit of the law as well as common sense. Each weblink would become a legal landmine and would allow press publishers to hold every single actor on the Internet liable,” Reda explains.

She believes the EU will introduce ancillary copyright and internet restrictions under the guise of “clearing up” questions left unanswered by the Svensson case.

In the Svensson case, the European Court of Justice determined that simply linking to content is not infringement.

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