Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Sunday August 05, 2012

Embedding Infringing Videos Is Not Copyright Infringement

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that linking to, embedding or simply watching videos does not constitute copyright infringement and is a separate issue from uploading, hosting or streaming content. It’s a sure bet this ruling will be cited in other cases on down the line and may be the first step into defining infringement on a broader base.

He's saying (Judge Posner) that those who are watching a video that someone else uploaded are not infringing on the reproduction right under copyright. Only the uploader has potentially violated that right. So there can't be a contributory infringement claim over that right.