Re: LAW: Legality of deep linking to Web sites

Date: Thu Jan 18 2001 - 14:25:06 MST said:
> Does anyone know what the law says about "deep linking". Say you write
> some comments on an article appearing on a magazine's Web page, and
> you link directly to the article. (The article appears in a new
> browser, exactly as it would appear if the viewer had gone there
> directly.)

The great thing about the American legal system is that ayone can sue
anyone else on any basis at any time.

The laws don't specifically address this issue. (Surprise!) No one knows
how judges will rule, or what laws they will believe are applicable by some
kind of warped analogy. In the meantime, Anyone can sue anyone. If you
are afraid of being dragged into court, then desisting is the first part of
discretion. If you welcome the opportunity to craft new law and can't
believe that the law would stand in the way of your making whatever links
you want, then desist not. There are several public interest groups that
have a lot of interest in this issue, but I haven't seen them deliberately
provoking the people who abuse the law in this way in order to set up the
court cases that would set the right precedent.


Chris Hibbert                 Libertarians are to Freedom what            Quakers are to Peace.   --John Stewart

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