Unknowingly Linking To Infringing Content Is Still Infringement

Posted by HardOCP News 9:59 AM (CST)

Monday December 12, 2016

We've all heard the old saying "ignorance of the law is no excuse" but this seems a bit much. This is why you don't hotlink images from other sites or use images without permission.

A court in Germany has held the operator of a commercial website liable after it unknowingly linked to infringing content hosted elsewhere. The Hamburg Regional Court found that the link to a Creative Commons image, posted to another site without the correct attribution, amounted to a copyright infringement.