NY federal court decision threatens embedding and linking across the web
In ruling on a motion for summary judgment in federal court in New York, Judge Katherine Forrest found that embedding a tweet containing a copyrighted photo (of Tom Brady) could create liability for copyright infringement.
The case, Goldman vs. Breitbart, is still in process and cannot be appealed until final, but the judge’s ruling has potentially far-reaching implications. She explicitly rejected the argument that the ruling could have a chilling effect on linking across the internet.
The Judge’s opinion and order (embedded below) say:
Here, it is undisputed that none of the defendant websites actually downloaded the…