Friday, 9 September 2016

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Sanoma Oyj’s Dutch unit, has won a case at the European Union court that could lead to ripple effect across the internet. Sanoma is Playboy’s publisher in the Netherlands, and it has just managed to get the rights to block links to the pictures on its website if it chooses to.
The whole episode took place when another publisher GeenStijl, owned by GS Media, reportedly broke a copyright law when it published links to pictures of a TV personality on its own website. This happened without the permission from Sanoma that owns the copyright to the hyperlinked Playboy images.
Sanoma took GeenStijl to court and today won the case against GeenStijl, which means that anyone even hyperlinking to the company’s copyright images stands a chance of being sued.
According to a statement from the GeenStijl’s website, “The consequence is that from now on, you always run the risk of being sued, just for placing a hyperlink.” which can literally tear up the internet almost instantly, with thousands of lawsuits showing up everyday.
The move by the court would of course be a good sign for publishers fighting websites on the internet that publish copyright content on their website without any sort of permission.
GeenStijl said that this could be a blow to the free internet as websites will not be able to report news freely and this also makes reporting leaks even more difficult.

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