Deep Linking Takes Another Blow

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Using a search engine to locate stories on newspapers’ sites violates European Union law, according to a recent ruling by judges in Munich’s Upper Court.

The ruling is the latest legal decision in a two-year battle between German newspaper Mainpost and German search service NewsClub. Mainpost charges that NewsClub violated the law by searching through and linking directly to Mainpost content.

The law in question is the “Database Directive,” a piece of European Union legislation that grants copyright protection to database creators for “selecting and arranging” the information contained in a database, even if the creator does not hold the copyrights on the collected information.”

Deep Linking Takes Another Blow