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Good news! Europe's highest court decides not to ruin the Internet

ZDNet - Direct from the "common sense dept." at the European Court of Justice, it turns out linking to an online page or article does not require the permission of a copyright holder.

The highest court in Europe ruled on Thursday that it will not mess up a vital part of the Internet's functionality — a decision that could have left much of the Internet in the 28 member state bloc to its knees.

The Luxembourg-based court decided that it would not be necessary to seek out the copyright holder's permission before someone links to their news article, blog post, or website.

In the case of Nils Svensson et al vs. Retriever Sverige, the court ruled this was a silly idea and to leave the Internet alone. 

As you might expect, it was yet another copyright-related case, summed up: