RE: [CH] Passport Site

Brent Leatherman (
Tue, 02 Jun 1998 11:01:30 -0500

Or you *could* direct them to a porno site...
   not that I'm actually condoning such an action, oh heaven's no!  ;>)

At 11:26 AM 6/2/98 -0400, Matt Kraft wrote:
>Legal Smegal.... 
>	I say fight fire with fire Mary... If you want, stoop to my
>level (Get a ladder)
>	and change the address of the pages that they are referenceing
>with somthing to the
>	following effect
> is illegally referencing my site. I find them
>guilty of being
>	 weenies and suggest you link to Yahoo at this address ....
>	Yeah this is not nice and is very non-diplomatic but >:) its fun
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From:	Bill Oakes []
>> Sent:	Tuesday, June 02, 1998 9:59 AM
>> To:	Chile-Heads Digest
>> Subject:	[CH] Passport Site
>> At the risk of angering El Grande, allow me to view this whole
>> situation re:
>> Passport from a slightly different angle - the user (yes, THAT guy (or
>> gal)).
>> I found the site to actually be quite usable.  It gives an overview of
>> any
>> item referenced, as well as clearly (although, granted, in smaller
>> letters...but highlighted in red) pointing out the source site for
>> said
>> info.  Because of this, copyright infringement would be difficult to
>> prove,
>> imho.
>> I then jumped to the main page, and looked at other subjects of
>> interest,
>> and found reasonably solid reference sites for those subjects.  Not as
>> solid
>> as a yahoo search, but for a user that doesn't know how to manipulate
>> a
>> search site, this is a good start point.
>> From a <non> legal standpoint, one could argue that there is a privacy
>> infringement, by referencing sites w/o permission ("this is my site,
>> you
>> need my permission to reference it" point of view).  While
>> understandable,
>> if one tried to enforce that view, one would then have to forbid
>> Yahoo,
>> Altavista, Excite, etc to reference the infringed site during any user
>> searches.  I'm not sure that any webmaster would like that.
>> "Of course, that's just my opinion.  I could be wrong."
>> Bill Oakes
>> San Jose, USA

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