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Re: Computer Misuse Act breaks WebArch (ws Re: Section 5.4.2 of RFC 3986 not actually 'legal' syntax_)

From: Norman Walsh <Norman.Walsh@Sun.COM>
Date: Mon, 17 Oct 2005 11:48:55 -0400
To: www-tag@w3.org
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/ Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org> was heard to say:
| On Thu, 2005-10-13 at 11:40 +0100, Henry S. Thompson wrote:
|> The issue for the TAG is surely that exploratory modifications of URIs
|> are in a sense _invited_ by their very nature, and thus should never be
|> describable as unauthorized -- by publishing
|> http://www.example.com/a/b/c, I implicitly publish all
|> path-transformed versions of that URL, don't I?
| No, I don't think so.

I do. And I'll go a step further, I think running an HTTP server
explicitly grants the public permission to attempt to GET any and
every URI that could possibly exist.

| But look at your server logs, and you'll find tons of bots trying
| to exploit well-known server bugs. That's clearly anti-social
| behaviour, and I'm somewhat sympathetic to efforts to outlaw it.

I'm not[*]. As Tyler Close suggests later in this thread, it appears
that, in the UK at least, following links on this page


exposes you to risk of criminal prosecution.

It is no longer safe (in a very literal sense) to surf the web in
the UK.

|> Danny, Rigo, is there a point here the W3C or the TAG should try to
|> address?

We commented on deep linking, I think we should surely comment on

                                        Be seeing you,

[*] I might be, if legislation was formulated in such a way that it
was only going to net the antisocial creeps, but there's nothing
antisocial about attempting a GET on a URI and getting a 404.
Norman.Walsh@Sun.COM / XML Standards Architect / Sun Microsystems, Inc.
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