Mouse trap – a recent internet copyright case has implications for millions of web users
The Newspaper Licensing Agency v Meltwater is an internet copyright case with "implications for many millions". The English Supreme Court has said that temporary copies made automatically when browsing the web should not usually infringe copyright. As the issue is of importance to everyone who uses the internet, the court has referred it to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). Meltwater provides an online newspaper clippings service that provides brief extracts from newspaper articles, and links to the articles, against a subscriber's search terms. It sends reports by email to its subscribers or provides them with online access to them. The issue for the court was whether, if Meltwater only provided its reports online, its subscribers would still need a licence to view them.
Could you be infringing copyright simply by stumbling upon unlawful copies when browsing the internet? Gordon Harris, Nick Cunningham and Bonita Trimmer examine a recent case that has implications for millions of web users
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