Internet

The Right To Link

Legal pressures on linking continue to increase. The RIAA, The Mormons, Napster, these are just a few of the lawsuits that appear to be testing the legalities of the WWW itself. Will a legal ruling in the United States have any effect on the WWW? After all, it is the WORLD WIDE web, not the USW. As large corporations, with deep pockets, fight to keep the power and influence they are used to, they increasingly lash out (legally) at the web. Regardless of the outcome, the web may be changed by lawsuits sometime soon.


If linking becomes illegal, even in some instances, what will become of the net?
If a site is “illegal”, how do you find it?
Do sites that link to it become illegal also? -- Read More

Linking may get a day in court

Wired has a Story on the continuing battle between the RIAA and the web. This ruling could call into question all linking. Remeber a U.S. District Court has ruled that websites can legally provide links to any pages on all other sites (deep linking). The RIAA wants to make it illegal to link to anything that is illegal.

\"If this kind of automated hyperlinking is ruled illegal, the Internet is going to grind to a halt,\" said Ira Rothken, legal counsel for MP3Board.com. -- Read More

Freenet - Decentralized Information Distribution

Cliff Urr writes \"The Napster model for distributing music is radically extended by Freenet by using a decentralized distribution network for distributing information. Check it out here (also has software to set up you machine as a distribution node):

http://freenet.sourceforge.net/ \"

Freenet is an interesting concept that I believe was discussed on OSS4Lib (who is also sponsering a speech by Tim O\'Reilly at ALA next month). It\'s required reading for all web-heads. -- Read More

Battle of the Directories: Yahoo vs. ODP

Less popular than NFL Europe, much less accurate than Tiger Woods, and even more unfair than Judge Judy: it\'s my showdown between Yahoo! and ODP. -- Read More

Hyperlinks are patented

Saw this over on Slashdot today. British Telecom is planning on enforcing the patent they have on Hyperlinking. The Patent is on the IBM patent database and looks to be real. The original story is on nothingventured.com. They plan on going after US ISP\'s to collect the $$. All I can say is UGH!!!

Is Linking Illegal?

The NY Times has this Story on the legalities of linking. As more lawyers get invovled, and more people act like idiots, the legalities of linking become more and more complex. Now it seems that it may or may not be illegal to link to illegal material.

“Liability for a person’s linking to alleged wrongful content is really the next big thing” on the cyberlaw horizon, said Mark Sableman, a lawyer in St. Louis who specializes in new media law and who has written scholarly articles on the legal aspects of linking. -- Read More

National Digital Library for Science Education

CISP.org has a
very interesting Story on building a digital
library for science education, and why it is such a good
idea.

\"Building on the demonstrated power of the
World Wide Web while addressing its shortcomings, a
national digital library for science education has
tremendous potential to improve the best science
education and to help the very best science education
reach all students. The development of NDLSE can
provide a fertile matrix in support of this twin promise by -- Read More

Still Searching? Ask a Human

Wired has a Story on how sites are now offering human search help. You just click on a button and a helpful \"expert\" calls you up and answers your question. MSN is the newest one to jump on the bandwagon, with Abuzz.com, Askanexpert.com, Expertcentral.com, Knowpost.com, and Xpertsite.com, and others.

\"People sometimes can\'t find what they\'re looking for and need somewhere to get help,\" said Danny Sullivan, publisher of Search Engine Watch, in a previous interview.\"A shocking quote! What\'s really cool is as an expert working for keen.com (The company with all the experts) you can make as much as $1,000 a week selling your expert info. How much do you make behind the reference desk? -- Read More

The Library as the Latest Web Venture

The NY
Times
has an interesting Article on the new effort to
build an electronic library so as to pass along the
power of electronic searching.

\"\"I hate the library,
so I try to avoid it,\" Carrie Larkworthy said. \"It\'s such a
big facility that you have to search through.\"

She\'s a student at Harvard University. How\'s that
for a scary quote? -- Read More

Intellectual rights may be Net casualty

The National Post up in Canada has a rather interesting Story on the death of intellectual property. They touch on music and words, and how things are changing because of the web.

\"In the case of the written word, book writers can make livings, even fortunes, because the market is global and literacy is higher than ever in history. \" -- Read More

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