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March 8, 2005
Back to that theory about illegal links...
Remember last month I mentioned that merely linking to something illegal could itself be illegal? The law of the land is uncertain in the US and now it appears it will be tested in Germany.
Word out of Munich is that a German judge has sided with the Cartel in blocking heise.de, a popular German-language news site from linking to a site discussed in one of heise's stories. As you might guess, the story was on the ease and popularity of distributing content the Cartel would rather lock up. There was, apparently, a link to a site that was, allegedly, involved in such distribution.
If you're wondering why I'm hedging my language so much it's because the original story is in German, a language I'm not fluent in. I'm relying on blog reporting here on toytownmunich.com and here on Constitutionalcode blog.
If someone who is fluent could post an English version of the story that'd be great. Babelfish produces such gems as "Who passes the readers on on its InterNet side by a in such a way specified left to homepage the company with illegal software offers, can be sued for aid." Erm, yeah.
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