Re: LAW: Legality of deep linking to Web sites

From: Michael S. Lorrey (
Date: Fri Jan 19 2001 - 17:29:17 MST

John Marlow wrote:
> Note that the NYT seems to have resolved the issue--all links to
> articles (so far as I know) run you into their entry page, where you
> must enter registration info. You are then forwarded to the linked
> page. Wonder if this can be done w/o the registration bit? All links
> diverting to a "start" page?

Basically their default document is a food script that identifies the
browser and feeds the appropriate content. Since the content is served
via a program from a database of news stories, you are not linking to an
actual HTML page (which would be difficult to prevent being deep linked)
but to a query string targeting the site program. If the program has not
already assigned you a session code as hidden data, or if your dynamic
or static IP is not already in their database, then the program notices
this and bumps you up to the front page....

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