Court: Dutch website hyperlink infringed copyright

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Associated Press

Posted on September 12, 2012 at 12:02 PM

AMSTERDAM (AP) — An Amsterdam court has ruled that a Dutch news website infringed copyright by linking to a website that published photos from the Dutch version of Playboy without permission.

The court says the popular GeenStijl site must pay publisher Sanoma Media legal costs of around (€28,400) $36,000, and remove all links to the photos or face a €50,000 ($64,500) fine.

Wednesday's ruling is unusual because companies usually sue websites that actually publish copyright-infringing material, rather than sites that link to them.

But the court said GeenStijl called attention to naked photos of model Britt Dekker posted on a website called Filefactory by an unknown person shortly before publication of the November 2011 issue of the magazine.

The photos were pulled from Filefactory but GeenStijl provided links to locations of copies.

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