Can A Link, By Itself, Be Copyright Infringement?

from the someone-please-explain dept

A report in Billboard Magazine mentions that the IFPI and the MPA (the global versions of the RIAA and the MPAA respectively) have successfully been able to get ISPs in Mexico to take down 35 blogs which they say contributed to music and movie piracy. Specifically, they charge that the blogs had thousands of "infringing links." Of course, that leads to a rather obvious question: what the hell is an "infringing link"? Is it a link to infringing content? If so, then Google and pretty much any search engine is equally guilty. Simply linking to something, by itself, is not and should not be considered infringement.
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Filed Under: blogs, copyright infringement, links, mexico
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  1. identicon
    Weird Harold, 24 Feb 2009 @ 8:23pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Intent

    Like it or not, if someone has a copy of something they didn't rightfully gain, they have stolen it. a digital copy isn't any different from shoplifting, just neater and with less chance of being caught on camera. So please stop with the "it's not stolen" crap, because stolen just means "obtained without permission".

    Obvious? Let's see: unreleased record albums. Videos of movies not yet released. Movies shot in theatres with a camcorder. "hacked" software (like adobe stuff with keygens). I could go on and on. All of that is pretty darn obvious.

    Remember too: Ignorance of the law or circumstances isn't a defence, it's an admission of guilt.

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