Thursday, August 11, 2005

FFII site takedown

From the excellent EDRI-gram, "The long running legal fight between the German software company Nutzwerk (Leipzig) and the Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure (FFII, best known for its extensive lobby against software patents) has culminated in the takedown of the website on 1 August 2005."

The latest EDRI-gram also brings news of the long running Napster case in Norway regarding whether linking to sites with copyright infringing material could constitute making the material available to the public and hence bring on liability.

"The Court states that it is beyond doubt that making a web-address known on a website does not constitute a 'making available to the public', regardless of whether or not the link refers to a web-address containing legally or illegally published material. Whether a web-address is expressed on the Internet or in a newspaper is immaterial."

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