Rethink That Link: Can a Link Be Copyright Infringement? (Feb 2000)

August, 2002


Website operators prize their ability to provide a list of “useful links” or even to link directly to other locations containing information which may be helpful to visitors. A recent federal court ruling in Utah, however, has created a stir regarding this right, held sacred by denizens of the Internet. In an ongoing lawsuit, the court issued a preliminary injunction barring two critics of the Mormon Church from posting on their website the Internet addresses of other sites containing unauthorized copies of a Mormon text.