DUTCH NEWSPAPERS LOSE ATTEMPT TO BAN LINKS

By: Staff reports

Internet Copyright Argued In the Netherlands





As Internet copyright takes on different shapes and sizes
worldwide, Dutch newspapers failed to keep an online news service
from providing direct links to articles on their Web sites, the
Financial Times reported this week.


PCM, publisher of several national dailies, tried to prevent
Kranten.com from linking to stories posted on the newspapers’ Web
sites. Kranten.com, a recently established site, runs headlines
that link to where the original story was posted.


PCM argued that Kranten.com’s links bypassed their sites’ home
pages where the most lucrative advertising is posted. However, the
Rotterdam court said that PCM could place advertisements beside
news stories also.


Kranten.com defended itself by arguing that the Internet relies on
hypertext links, allowing users to access information quickly on a
variety of sites.


According to the London-based Times, online sources of domestic news
are growing quickly in the Netherlands. The decision allows sites to
consolidate information from a variety of sources.







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