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J. David Blackstone has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Engineering and nine years of experience at a wireless telecommunications company, where he learned Perl and never looked back. J. David has an advantage in that he works really hard, he has a passion for writing good software, and he knows many of the world's best Perl programmers.

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Friday February 25, 2005
02:30 PM

Permission to link

[ #23385 ]

You do not need permission to link to any website in the world. Nobody in the world can say, "That's not right; you didn't ask for my permission to put up a link to my site."

Yet a lot of people labor under this misimpression.

What's the best article online to send to people to explain this?

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  • Linking Rights [] is a great article on the subject and links to other sources of information such as Bechtold: The Link Controversy Page [] and two copyright pages.

  • I thought there was a court case in the news recently where linking (deep linking?) was found to be illegal. I could be wrong, I sometimes am. :-)

    I did a google search and found several cases where courts upheld that deep linking was illegal.

    I have not done any serious investigation though.

  • I know you're not arguing that asking permission is wrong, but I think it's worth pointing out the other side of the coin: I consider it common courtesy to tell somebody you are linking to them. So part of the argument for asking permission is valid: it's polite to do so.

    As with many other politenesses, excuses can be made that it takes time, won't necessarily help you in return, and most people don't bother. Sorry, but they're merely excuses for the lazy.

    Not only do authors appreciate hearing their mate

    -DA []