Login/New-Account | Search | Submit a Story! | Greplaw!??
- About
- Discussions
- Messages
- Topics
- Authors

- Preferences
- Older Stuff
- Past Polls
- Submit Story

This site is a production of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society. Please email if you have questions, contributions, or ideas about improving this site.

F & F


NPR Linking Policy Draws Fire
posted by md on Thursday June 20, @06:46AM
from the please-DO-link-to-greplaw dept.
Copyright Wired.com reports on a story first picked up by Slashdot, indicating that National Public Radio's website policy appears to prohibit any linking to it, without prior consent. This policy has been drawing criticism since Cory Doctorow posted notice of the policy, and its corresponding permission form, on his BoingBoing blog site. NPR's response is featured in the Wired.com article, as are several salient replies.

BMG's Copy-Protected, Computer-Crashing CDs Mean Swede Must Download Music | Librarian of Congress Accepts RoC, Rejects CARP  >


GrepLaw Login


[ Create a new account ]

Related Links
  • Slashdot
  • Wired.com reports
  • picked up by Slashdot
  • permission form
  • BoingBoing
  • More on Copyright
  • Also by md
  • This discussion has been archived. No new comments can be posted.
    NPR Linking Policy Draws Fire | Login/Create an Account | Top | 1 comments | Search Discussion
    The Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not responsible for them in any way.
    I used their request form (Score:1)
    by bwtaylor on Thursday June 20, @07:34PM (#88)
    User #184 Info
    I used their request form to tell them how silly their views are. Here's what I wrote:

    You state "Linking to or framing of any material on this site without the prior written consent of NPR is prohibited."

    That is completely bogus. I do not need your permission to create a link to your page, since the text that does so is not protected by any exclusive right held by you under the copyright statutes (see 17 USC 106).

    A link is simply an HTML instruction that I provide to any third party on how to formulate a "GET" *request* in the HTTP protocol. If the third party decides to follow my instruction, they will send your web server a request for your content. If you have configured your web server to respond by sending the requested content and it in fact does so, then YOU have authorized the third party to make a copy of that that page, and hence the most you can accuse me of is assisting someone to make authorized copy.

    Nearly all web servers provide a variety of ways to allow you to control access to the material on your page. By not using these methods, you are attempting to rewrite the carefully considered rules that govern the internet. In some sense, you agreed to be governed by those conventions when you adopted HTTP as your content delivery mechanism.

    By the way, this issue has already been litigated in the Ticketmaster case. I strongly recommend that you ground your views of what is and is not in your discretion to authorize based on a carefull reading of that precedent.

    Humanity has the stars in its future, and that future is too important to be lost under the burden of juvenile folly and ignorant superstition. - Isaac Asimov

    [ home | contribute story | older articles | past polls | faq | authors | preferences ]