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RE: [deepLinking-25] What to say in defense of principle that dee p linking is not an illegal act?

From: Bullard, Claude L (Len) <clbullar@ingr.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Jul 2002 13:18:59 -0500
Message-ID: <2C61CCE8A870D211A523080009B94E430752B6E1@HQ5>
To: "'Tim Bray'" <tbray@textuality.com>, "'Lucas Gonze'" <lgonze@panix.com>
Cc: "'www-tag@w3.org'" <www-tag@w3.org>

If a person breaks into your house and steals your jewelry, 
is it theft when they entered through an unlocked door?

You are influencing social policy.   Otherwise, you would not 
have to comment at all because the mechanisms are already in place.    
This topic has a point of interest over which your expertise can be 
influential.  Don't pretend to be merely informative unless asked. 
Unsolicited testimony is always an attempt to influence an outcome.

There is nothing wrong with that.


-----Original Message-----
From: Tim Bray [mailto:tbray@textuality.com]

Lucas Gonze wrote:

> Not that I disagree with the reasoning behind the statement that deep
> linking is not an illegal act -- I don't -- but that it's not clear what 
> the technical community's role is.

We don't make laws or determine social policies here.  We can send a 
note to the people who do these things explaining what URIs are intended 
for, and what mechanisms exist to enforce access control, and explain 
the (technical) contradictions and problems that result from publishing 
a URI unprotected by access control or any other server-side policy and 
trying to keep people from linking to it.  -Tim
Received on Thursday, 25 July 2002 14:19:35 UTC

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