Guy Fined For Posting Links To Official Broadcast Of Hockey Games
from the say-what-now? dept
Over in Sweden, it appears that a guy has been fined for linking to an online broadcast of a hockey game. We’ve heard stories of people getting in trouble merely for linking to unauthorized content, but this story is even more ridiculous. The guy wasn’t linking to unauthorized content. He was linking to an online video feed from the official broadcaster, Canal Plus. The issue was that Canal Plus was apparently technically incompetent in how they set up the feeds, and never intended to make the feeds public. But the way they set up the offering, it was easy for anyone to quickly figure out what the full public feed was and this guy then linked to it. In other words, he was fined not for any actual infringement. And he was not fined for linking to infringing content, but for pointing to a publicly available stream that was only public due to Canal Plus’ poor engineering choices. And rather than admit that it was its own poor technical skills that were the problem, Canal Plus blamed the guy:
In the summons against the man, Canal Plus called his actions ?an assault on the entire operations of pay TV services on the Internet? and that by publishing links to the streams broadcast openly from the Canal Plus website he had illegally made them available to the public.
And the court agreed. That’s the really scary part.