The Federal Court of Canada has issued a ruling on the difference between copyright and posting information online in a lawsuit brought about by the National Post.
The court added that the small sample amount posted on the website, Free Dominion was not a large part of the work and therefore did not constitute copying and therefore there was no infringement.
The plaintiff the National Post a large corporate news site which also runs a newspaper, filed a lawsuit against the defendants, called the Free Dominion website over three pieces which consisted of 2 articles, and a link to a photograph. The National Post claimed they were infringed upon by excerpts of the article and linking to a photo.
The Canadian court decided that simply linking to a website or a photo does not constitute copyright infringement and dealt fairly with case in this manner. In fact the proper etiquette in website reporting is to include a link back to the site to give them credit for the photo or the excerpt.
The NP was founded by Conrad Black (AKA Lord Almost)