Mon, May. 24, 2010

Copyright Liability Without Link

CK - Washington.   In Berlin and Hamburg, maintaining a copy of a copyrighted work on your server or internet space, such as a map, for personal use will render you liable for a copyright violation.

That is true regardless of the existence of a link on a website to the copied file. As long as a user can enter an address into a browser to access the copy, there is a violation of the copyright, the appellate court in Berlin held on April 24, 2010 in the matter 24 W 40/10.

The Dr. Bahr Rechts-News Archiv blog lists this and other decisions supporting this court's proposition under German copyright law.


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