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Re: Interesting post relating to Deep Linking

From: Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 22 Apr 2010 11:54:03 -0500
To: www-tag <www-tag@w3.org>
Message-ID: <1271955243.4466.10534.camel@pav.lan>
tracker, please file this under the deep linking issue, ISSUE-25

On Tue, 2010-04-06 at 10:48 -0400, Alan Ruttenberg wrote:
> On Tue, Apr 6, 2010 at 10:31 AM, Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org> wrote:
> > On Tue, 2010-04-06 at 10:08 -0400, noah_mendelsohn@us.ibm.com wrote:
> >> Assuming this post is accurate, Mr. Warden was threatened with lawsuits
> >> from Facebook.  He built a more or less garden variety crawler, he claims,
> >> and he observed the limitations in Facebook's robots.txt.  Nonetheless,
> >> they apparently made him destroy the data.  See [1].  Anyone know more
> >> about this?
> >
> > I don't know more about it, but this looks like a lot more than
> > just linking; he's re-using/republishing their data. robots.txt
> > is not a "terms of service" document or license or anything.
> >
> > Their terms of service says, among other things:
> >
> > "If you are a developer or operator of a Platform application or website, the following additional terms apply to you
> 
> The parsing is ambiguous. Is it "(Platform application) or (Platform
> website)"  or "(Platform application) or (website)"
> 
> If the former, then it isn't applicable to him. If the latter, the
> document is poorly written and difficult to interpret, for example,
> what if you are a developer of a website unrelated to facebook. Do all
> the provisions apply to you?
> 
> -Alan
> 
> 
> 
> >   ...
> >
> > 8. We can limit your access to data."
> >  -- Special Provisions Applicable to Developers/Operators of
> > Applications and Websites
> >  Facebook | Statement of Rights and Responsibilities
> >  http://www.facebook.com/terms.php
> >
> >> Noah
> >>
> >> [1]
> >> http://petewarden.typepad.com/searchbrowser/2010/04/how-i-got-sued-by-facebook.html
> >
> >
> > --
> > Dan Connolly, W3C http://www.w3.org/People/Connolly/
> > gpg D3C2 887B 0F92 6005 C541  0875 0F91 96DE 6E52 C29E
> >
> >
> >
> 


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