Ancillary Copyright 2.0: The European Commission is preparing a frontal attack on the hyperlink

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The European Commission is preparing a frontal attack on the hyperlink, the basic building block of the Internet as we know it. This is based on an absurd idea that just won’t die: Making search engines and news portals pay media companies for promoting their freely accessible articles.

According to a draft communication on copyright reform leaked yesterday (via IPKat), the Commission is considering putting the simple act of linking to content under copyright protection. This idea flies in the face of both existing interpretation and spirit of the law as well as common sense. Each weblink would become a legal landmine and would allow press publishers to hold every single actor on the Internet liable.
Read more at juliareda.eu

This would destroy the internet and we would be back to relying on the main stream media for our news. I could not find this story on the BBC.

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