Legal problems with linking to news

Lawyers are great and everything. But you have to keep an eye on them.  Malcom Coles, an internet comentator, found that many news sites had terms and conditions that effectively forbade linking to them.

“It’s fairly standard for any publication to forbid people from copying its material. But some papers have gone so far with their site T&Cs… that you’re not allowed to link to – or even read – their website. Legal departments: can I suggest you review these …” Many newspapers promptly did, removing the bans, which mainly covered linking to stories rather than home pages.

Deep linking used to be a controversial practice (the idea was – link to my front page, so it’s clear you are linking to me, not just hijacking my content). But that seems to have gone by the wayside long ago.


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