Embedding is not Aiding and Abetting

I found a story on Webpronews today about a couple of sites that are being sued for copyright infringement by way of embedding. Just like we all expect free air to breathe, we take it as a fundamental right of the web, based on the technical definition of what the web is, to be able to use the technology to create links. Embedding is the same as linking. If I provide a link to illegal content, like an awesome Beatles song that anyone can listen to for free right here, its up to the host server at the link’s destination to remove that content (in this case, YouTube), not mine. I am not hosting it. Im just pointing to it. If they remove it, it will render my link instantly useless. The same goes for embedding. The moment YouTube removes the video, this embed will become empty:

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