14 July 2005

The trial court in the Australian "it's just a link!" infringement case has ruled that an index of infringing material is itself an infringement. Contrary to the screams over at /. it wasn't "just links"; the evidence showed that the individual who put the links up was on notice that the material to which the links pointed (primarily mp3 files) was copyrighted. From the news report, it appears that the judge also held the ISP in question liable. It's hard to tell for certain, but I believe that the individual defendant was also an employee of the ISP.