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You Can't Break Copyright By Looking At Something Online, Europe's Top Court Rules

Posted at 7:42AM Friday 06 Jun 2014

Internet users who look at copyrighted material online aren't breaking copyright by doing so, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) declared on Thursday.

Before you splutter "Well duh" at your screen, note that this judgement finally ends a very long-running and somewhat stupid legal debate over rights relating to online newspaper clippings. This is a useful ruling that will apply across the EU, much to the chagrin of certain publishers.


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