If you are putting up a page of URLs on your site, you should
at least have asked the owners if it was OK. In most cases it
is happily agreed on because it brings more traffic to them.
If they're on a free site and you send too much traffic, it may
start to cost them some money, hence the permission aspect. It
is also frowned upon to put their site in your frames, hiding
their URL, but you state that you are not doing so.
Instead of linking and opening a new browser window, try a
straight link which takes your viewers off your site to the
actual URL. But if they want you to remove the link, it's
probably in your own best interest to do so.
URLs are public, captured URLs (where you have frames and do
not show their URL at all) are not and could be considered
I asked a site owner to stop linking directly to one of my
graphics on my site so it showed on their page as their own.
They decided that using my work on their site was OK. I let
them know immediately after I looked at my stats page at the
end of the month. When they didn't respond to my request for
payment for the graphic (quick and easy out, eh?) immediately,
I notified their ISP of the theft and made sure they stopped
their client from continuing to do show my work as their own.
Vidi, Vici, Veni
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On Tue, 13 Jan 2004 04:30:48 -0600, Jake Jarvis wrote:
AFAIK there is not much case law about linking but there are some
generally accepted acceptable practices.
You can link to any homepage but linking to a URL below that (deep
linking) depends on what you are linking to and the nature of the site
you are linking to.
As a rule of thumb, put yourself in the position of the owner of the
site you are deep linking to. Would you be happy if somebody linked
directly to something on your site? If the answer is `yes' then go
ahead and do it, if `no' then don't do it. If you're not sure then
email webmaster@interesting_site.com and ask.
If they've asked you to cease & desist then ask them how they would
like you to link to their site but in the knowledge that there
probably isn't anything illegal with deep linking (AFAIK IANAL)
But in the interests of the 'net generally you should play nicely with
them, for one thing you don't want them bugging your hosting company
and one day you may be in the position where somebody might deep link
to your site.
I think there is an RFC and/or some info at W3C about linking
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