Re: LAW: Legality of deep linking to Web sites

From: Chris Russo (
Date: Fri Jan 19 2001 - 17:41:50 MST

>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?

I haven't looked at it, but I'd guess that's basically a cookie
mechanism. If you don't have the "logged in" cookie, it throws you
to the login page. If you used something similar to prevent deep
linking, you'd probably catch the first occurrence, but subsequent
ones would let you through.

A better solution would probably be to have some dynamic renaming
system that frequently re-maps the files to new URLs. Any specific
URL should only last a few hours or a day (depending on what you're
trying to accomplish). That way, no one could really expect to
maintain deep links to your pages. Everyone would have to start at
your commonly-accessed gateway to get the current links.

Just an idea.


Chris Russo

"If anyone can show me, and prove to me, that I am wrong in thought 
or deed, I will gladly change.  I seek the truth, which never yet 
hurt anybody.  It is only persistence in self-delusion and ignorance 
which does harm."
              -- Marcus Aurelius, MEDITATIONS, VI, 21

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