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Will the act of sharing a link with parodic content constitute copyright infringement?

Is it unlawful to upload/post/share (on a social networking website or a discussion forum) a link that leads to parodic content on the Internet?

  • If the “link” in question merely provides those who click on it a means to access materials on another website, and the person who shares the link does not distribute an infringing copy of the copyright work (e.g. by uploading an infringing song to a website for others to download), the mere act of sharing a link will not constitute copyright infringement. The legislative proposals introduced by the Government last year contain provisions that clearly specify the same.