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Is the death of the web at hand?

Court backs Danish paper’s linking ban:

Challenging the World Wide Web’s fundamental premise of linking, a Danish court ordered an Internet news service to stop linking to Web sites of Danish newspapers.

Copenhagen’s lower bailiff’s court ruled Friday that Newsbooster.com was in direct competition with the newspapers and that the links it provided to specific news articles damaged the value of the newspapers’ advertisements.Washington Post

The Danish Newspaper Publishers’ Association brought the suit on behalf of its twenty constituent newspapers, links to all of which were removed by Newsbooster when the ruling was handed down. Here, for your surfing pleasure, is the trade organization’s page of links to the involved newspapers.