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Legal implication of inserting external links?

Discussion in 'Web & Email' started by stepheno, Oct 9, 2003.

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  1. stepheno

    stepheno Thread Starter

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    If I want to insert links to external sites eg advice agencies etc, what is the protocol and/or legal implication. Can I just insert them or do I need to ask permission from the owner of the site?

    many thanks in anticipation.

    stepheno
     
  2. dvk01

    dvk01 Moderator Malware Specialist

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    It is normally considered polite to ask permission, but there is no legal requirement or necessity,especially in the UK. It's a good idea to ask because many organisations will put links up back to your site so getting you more exposure

    You should link to the organisations home page and not use links in such a way that people think that the links are part of your site, for example you shouldn't hot link to a specific article or picture that you think is useful or nice on your site.

    The way the web works is by a sytem of links and no organisations usually complain unless you are slanging them off or are using their content on your site and infringing their copyright
     
  3. stepheno

    stepheno Thread Starter

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    Thanks DVK01 for a clear and concise reply.

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    Another good idea

    You could also insert a disclaimer............

    eg..........This site is not responsible for 3rd party sites......etc etc


    keeps your back covered


    bookime
     
  5. stepheno

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    Thanks for the tip Bookime.

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    As far as I know, in the U.S., it is illegal to deep hyperlink without the written consent of the Website you are linking from. There was a court case on this already. We had to study it for a class I took a couple years ago. You can hyperlink to there main website index page.
     
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    That has had several appeals and like most complicated or new technology cases, the final outcome is still unknown.
    But it can't be illegal otherwise Google and the other search engines would not be able to operate & would have been closed down

    What ever happens, to prevent it will be almost unenforceable otherwise no search engines will be able to operate and the likes of these forums will close or be more difficult to operate because we will not be able to for example tell some one how to cure a virus by pointing directly to the Symantec site. We would only be able to say search symantec, which is Bl**dy useless if you don't know the exact name of the virus/trojan in question

    Most users have a poor knowledge of how search engines work and can't find such info for themselves.

    I understand it's waiting to go to the supreme court for a ruling, because there are various constitutional implications as well as the copyright and possibly theft of content aspect as well as the implicatons I have posted about above

    Also the RIAA enforced diigital media millenium nonsense has got involved in it somehow.
     
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