proposed legal restriction on right to link

Looks like some folks in Germany want to make linking illegal by
statute (not just by contract as AA and others are attempting).

Mike Linksvayer says:

'The press publishers right as it was proposed now for Germany is
expressly intended to make linking to (and viewing of) openly
accessible press content on the web cost a mandatory fee, whenever it
happens in any kind of commercial context. Together with the vagueness
of the term “press product” in this sense and the unclear boundaries
of commercial contexts, the new right is apt to spread uncertainty as
to when a link can freely be set, thus harming a core principle of
sharing and of the internet.'

- Jonathan

(tracker: ISSUE-25, ACTION-505)

Received on Monday, 13 December 2010 18:42:23 UTC