A Danish court has ruled that so-called 'deep linking' is a breach of copyright.
The case was brought by the Danish Newspaper Organisation (DNO) against the Newsbooster service, which linked to articles on various news websites without going through their home pages.
The ruling means that Newsbooster is now forbidden to provide deep links to the publications of DNO members, which account for most of the newspapers in Denmark.
According to Russian newspaper Pravda, Newsbooster attorneys are to appeal against the decision, even though they claim that they will not be affected by it.
Nevertheless, a precedent has been set and market watchers expect that other online publishers may also complain about deep links.
Analysts indicated that this could be the first stage in a battle by newspaper publishers to remove deep linking worldwide, Pravda reported.
Popular news portals like Fark.com, Memepol, Antiwar.com, Metafilter and Blog could be hit hard by such a campaign.
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