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Two more jigsaw pieces.....

DEEP LINKING DEALT A SETBACK IN DENMARK
A Danish court last week ruled that the practice of deep
linking--hyperlinking to a specific page in a Web site rather than to
the site's home page--violates copyright laws. Supporters of deep
linking said the ruling is absurd, that no single Web page is
intrinsically any "deeper" than any other page. As long as a hyperlink
goes to the content owner's site, as opposed to moving content to
another location, there is no violation of copyright. The Danish
court's ruling, however, could carry implications for millions of Web
sites, including search engines, that link to specific pages. Some
legal experts said the ruling was very specific and is not likely to
trickle down to other members of the European Union. Deep linking has
been at issue in the United States as well, but no definitive ruling
has been made on its legality.
Wired News, 8 July 2002
http://www.wired.com/news/politics/0,1283,53697,00.html

SOME LIBRARIES MOVING AWAY FROM BOOKS
Many libraries, particularly those on college campuses, increasingly
face the question of whether technology will replace books as their
primary means of distributing information. Some institutions such as
the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities have thoroughly renovated their
libraries, moving stacks to the basement and installing computer labs
and other technology resources in the main areas of the building. Many
colleges and universities similarly are updating their libraries with
network access, multimedia facilities, and wireless technology. Critics
of this trend worry that a focus on technology and tools will replace
genuine learning. Many defend books as being as useful and relevant as
computers and information technology. Some institutions try to address
the concerns of both groups, preserving a focus on books while adding
technology to their facilities.
Chronicle of Higher Education, 8 July 2002
http://chronicle.com/free/v48/i44/44a03101.htm


One has to wonder whether the library will be linking to specific pages and
thereby breaking the law - in Denmark.

In Ireland this week they didn't put a report on tax evasion by "fatcats"
on the Web because the legal advice was that someone might sue because they
could read the text in a country where the particular form of evasion was
not illegal......

It goes to show how far behind the law gets when things are moving quickly.

Barry Mahon

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