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Is Linking Illegal in the UK?

A Cheltenham man was arrested last week for linking to infringing television material on a website called “TV-links”. The charges were purportedly for “offences relating to the facilitation of copyright infringement on the Internet” and began with an investigation by the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT). TV-links was a website where users could post links to content hosted elsewhere around the ‘net.

The idea that linkage could somehow be infringing is pretty disturbing. No actual law has been cited as having been violated other than the idea that the website and poster were encouraging a culture of infringement.

Via Channel Register.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Angela James
    Oct 22, 2007 @ 11:26:27

    I thought people liked linking because it encouraged traffic?

  2. Caro Kinkead
    Oct 22, 2007 @ 11:36:51

    I know that on some services, links to websites such as TV-links can cause your journal to be terminated because the service doesn’t want the potential liability of being associated with the distribution of pirated material, but I hadn’t heard of anyone being arrested for such a link.

  3. Angela James
    Oct 22, 2007 @ 11:43:53

    Oh, I totally read that article wrong. I thought the website he linked to was upset he linked to them. Ha.

  4. veinglory
    Oct 22, 2007 @ 17:48:38

    Will linking to a website seems like it should be protected I guess I *do* wish setting up sites clearly aimed at facilitating piracy was somehow illegal.

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