Hyperlinking – the EU perspective on a challenging issue

By Marina Perraki

The advocate general has published an opinion on hyperlinking which highlights not only how crucial the practice is to the functioning of the Internet, but also how challenging it can be to balance the interests of users and rights holders

Hyperlinking is inherent to the Internet’s function and structure. Its regulation (or not) is crucial not only to copyright and related rights holders, but also to all internet users. Legal doctrine on this issue is controversial. While some hold that hyperlinks function merely as footnotes in the digital word and are therefore legally immaterial, another school of thought maintains...

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Issue 69