Dutch Court Says Just Publishing Links To A Movie Is Illegal And Must Be Blocked
from the technically-clueless dept
It’s still amazing that any court thinks that just publishing links to something should be illegal, but it seems to happen again and again. Over in the Netherlands, usenet community FTD, has lost a case filed by a movie studio, because some of its users pointed out links where you could download a certain movie. FTD didn’t host the movie. It didn’t store the movie. The movie never touched its servers. FTD didn’t offer a torrent of the movie. All it did was let users post where the files existed. And the court found that to be illegal and barred. One of these days, maybe we can expect judges to understand basic technology concepts, but it seems like that day is still a long way off.