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Jun/02

World Wide Direct Line


I thought link-blocking software was going to make these disputes go away, but the Danish newspaper guild is one of several entities accusing linkers of trademark infringement (and, more plausibly, unfair competition).  In 1998 I wrote a paper entitled “Dismantling the Web With Trademark and Copyright Law.”  The hypothesis was that the Web was anti-thetical to everything media needed to maintian status quo.  Encouraging linking was like encouraging channel-changing, and had to be removed (or seriously limited).  Will the Web look more and mpore like cable tv?

Question for discussion: if link-blocking software is readily available and a website doesn’t employ it, does that imply a license to link?

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