Playboy wins copyright battle over web links to its images

The European Union's top court decided that posting such links infringes copyright when the website doing it is seeking to profit from pictures published without permission. Sanoma, Playboy's Dutch publisher had sought to get website GeenStijl, which describes itself as one of the most visited news websites in the Netherlands, to remove a web link to photos of a TV celebrity Britt Dekker which were posted illegally. "It is undisputed that GS Media (which owns GreenStijl)provided the hyperlinks to the files containing the photos for profit and that Sanoma had not authorized the publication of those photos on the internet," the Luxembourg-based European Court of Justice (ECJ) said in a statement.

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