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[deepLinking-25] Orbitz supposedly prohibits deep linking

From: <noah_mendelsohn@us.ibm.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Feb 2005 14:38:14 -0500
To: www-tag@w3.org
Message-ID: <OF6413CF2C.9C924314-ON85256FA8.006B47D6@lotus.com>
Slashdot is reporting [1] that online travel agent Orbitz [2] will be 
prohibiting deep linking into their site after March 12, 2005.  Quoting 
from the Orbitz terms and conditions referenced in the Slashdot posting:

"Inbound Links
We welcome links from a third party site to the home page of our Site, 
through a plain text link, provided that (a) you give Orbitz prior written 
notice of such link by contacting Orbitz Customer Service, to request 
Orbitz's permission to establish the link; (b) you discontinue providing a 
link to our Site if so requested by Orbitz; (c) you do not imply in any 
fashion that Orbitz is endorsing any of your products or service or is 
affiliated with you, (d) you do not present Orbitz in a false light, or 
provide misleading or false information about Orbitz, or its Site or 
Services, (e) you do not remove or obscure the copyright notices, or other 
notices on this Site; (f) you do not use any Mark of Orbitz; and (g) you 
do not replicate, frame or mirror the content of the Site. 
We reserve the right to require you to remove links to the Site, in our 
sole discretion. 
==> Linking to any page of the Site other than to the homepage is strictly 
prohibited in the absence of a separate linking agreement with Orbitz." (emphasis added...NRM)

Given the Tag's work on deepLinking-25 [3] and the resulting finding [4], 
this development seems to be pertinent to the TAG's work.  I find it 
ironic that the Slashdot article's reference to these terms is itself a 
deep link into the Orbitz site, and might itself be probibited after the 
policy takes effect on March 12. 


[1] http://yro.slashdot.org/yro/05/02/14/0358202.shtml?tid=95&tid=17
[2] http://www.orbitz.com/
[3] http://www.w3.org/2001/tag/issues.html?type=1#deepLinking-25
[4] http://www.w3.org/2001/tag/doc/deeplinking-20030911

Noah Mendelsohn 
IBM Corporation
One Rogers Street
Cambridge, MA 02142
Received on Monday, 14 February 2005 19:41:11 UTC

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