Embedding And Linking Deemed Infringing In The Netherlands; Downloading... Not So Much
from the odd-choices dept
Of course, the entertainment industry may be much happier about a different copyright issue in the Netherlands. A court ruling in The Hague found that "embedding or linking to radio-streams without a license constitutes a violation of copyright." This is particularly crazy because it includes linking to a station's own stream. Yes, you read that right. This isn't talking about pointing to infringing streams, but to legitimate ones. And the court still found it to be infringing.
‘Nederland.fm’ embeds radio-streams from other (official) radio websites, while ‘Op.fm’ offers hyperlinks to those streams. Buma/Stemra argued that the websites enable users to listen to the music offered on the streams, and that this should be constituted as a ‘publication’ of the music to the public. The court followed this reasoning, primarily based on the fact that ‘Nederland.nl’ and ‘Op.nl’ not only offer streams or links, but they capture the consumer on their page, by playing the music within their own environment and because this environment, including ads, stays visible after clicking the links and buttons of radio stations.That makes no sense at all. Just because someone makes money in some other manner doesn't mean they automatically owe money to someone else when they were using their legal streams. Unfortunately, we keep seeing wacky rulings like this around the globe that just muddy the picture when it comes to creating sensible copyright policies.