Re: LAW: Legality of deep linking to Web sites

From: John Marlow (
Date: Fri Jan 19 2001 - 18:41:47 MST

SSsshhhh. Don't spread this one around. What a nightmare...


On 19 Jan 2001, at 18:41, Chris Russo 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?
> 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.
> Regards,
> 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

John Marlow

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