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

From: Joshua Allen <joshuaa@microsoft.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Jul 2002 13:42:03 -0700
Message-ID: <4F4182C71C1FDD4BA0937A7EB7B8B4C105DCDC09@red-msg-08.redmond.corp.microsoft.com>
To: "Bullard, Claude L (Len)" <clbullar@ingr.com>, "Tim Bray" <tbray@textuality.com>, "Lucas Gonze" <lgonze@panix.com>
Cc: <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?

I think the analogy is more like "if you give a person your jewelry, and
they take it, is that theft?"

> You are influencing social policy.   Otherwise, you would not
> have to comment at all because the mechanisms are already in place.

Well, personally I would try to be agnostic to the politics end of it,
even if the statements were meant to influence political decision
making.  The way I see it, the problem and solution are more general:

Problem: a few people, including media and possibly political
decision-makers, have become confused about some very basic principles.

Solution:  Reiterate the principles.

1) A URL is given to a page so that people can hyperlink globally and
directly to it.
2) This is the only purpose of a URL.  "Deep Linking" is the *only* kind
of linking.
3) If someone does not want a page to be linked globally or directly,
that is fine.  Nobody forces them to give the page a URL.
4) By design and in practice, assigning a URL to a web page is a
contract with the world which says "please hyperlink to me".
5) This contract can be revoked at any time by a page owner.  If the
page owner wishes to opt out of deep linking, he can simply un-assign
the URL.  Nobody is forcing the page owner to perpetually expose their
page publicly.
6) If a person wishes to provide content in a manner that does not
involve direct and global linking, there are plenty of options available
besides URLs.
Received on Thursday, 25 July 2002 16:42:35 UTC

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