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DeepLinking..cyberlaw article in NYT.
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- Date: Fri, 13 Aug 1999 17:11:58 EDT
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Deeplinking is the only wayI know to get users from a bibliographic entry in an OPAC to the exact intellectual content. The "right" to forbid deeplinking (thus forcing users to extraneous content) is a critical issue for libraries, and users and publishers and content owners. I believe forbidding (or not actively providing support for deep linking) nullifies thequality of content of OPAC's and defeats one of the only reasons to continue with library structures to provide support for access to information. i.e. library systems provide access to the best information, which is a theme both libraries and content owners should be consciously promoting and supporting. In fact, I think the OPAC is theonly way to really create an alternative to the noise of the net, and sincerely believe it's in the best interest of content ownersand those who lease that content, or buy it, to provide quick direct and easy links to the content that OPACS and other forms of indexing services provide. It is how we can compete with the net, and provide real added value to our primary constitutencies. The alternative is the noise of the web, and in fact quality content can and is at a serious disadvantage in most web search systems. Anyway, here's a quote from the article in the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/library/tech/99/08/cyber/cyberlaw/06law.html By CARL S. KAPLAN Is Linking Always Legal? The Experts Aren't Sure. Until the courts provide clear guidelines, the experts say, powerful intellectual property owners like movie studios will fill the legal vacuum with their untested assumption that deep linking is illegal. Chuck Hamaker UnC Charlotte.