European Court of Justice Rules That Internet Browsing Isn’t Copyright Infringement

European Court of Justice Rules That Internet Browsing Isn't Copyright Infringement (Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – European Internet users can safely surf the net without having to worry about infringing any copyrighted material.

On Thursday the European Court of Justice ruled that digital copies of newspapers and articles on the Internet do not infringe on copyright laws, The Guardian reports.

This case was brought on by media monitoring company Melwater in 2009 against the Newspaper Licensing Agency in a copyright tribunal that claims

The ECJ ruled that the law “must be interpreted as meaning that the on-screen copies and the cached copies made by an end-user in the course of viewing a website satisfy the conditions… and that they may therefore be made without the authorisation of the copyright holders.”

According to the European Parliament,  digital copies stored online constitute as a “integral and essential part of a technological process” and do not infringe on any copyrighted work.

Without this law, users would be infringing copyrighted material every time they went on the Internet.