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[Bug 6606] generic 3rd-party <mark>, Smart Tags, and Activities prevention

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--- Comment #8 from Nick Levinson <Nick_Levinson@yahoo.com>  2009-06-29 03:32:25 ---
The technical round-up is at Bug 6774, Comment #10
(http://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=6774#c10).

That a collapse has not occurred is a testament to law's power and
persuasiveness. Rewriting is generally illegal without permission. Now there
would be legal permission. Sale of computers that include OSes and browsers for
purposes stated by customers (e.g., browsing the Internet), thus implying the
offer of standards compliance when that's necessary to fulfill a stated
purpose, generally incur the warranty of fitness for a particular use, which in
many places is not disclaimable notwithstanding EULAs and contracts. If one of
those standards says it's okay for a user's computer to mark other people's
sites up, then third-party markup at those computers being sold will be
allowed.

While MS won't seek to destroy its bread and butter, it won't try to sell ads
so profligately that few people visit the Web anymore, the way some other
Internet services have been abused and then lost popularity. But if you visit
MIT's website and can't be sure that you're looking at MIT's content, the Web's
value in general will shrivel. Delivering website content as site owners'
intend will aid Web safety and content richness.

Thanks.

-- 
Nick


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