Tuesday, January 23, 2007

This Post Is Illegal in Texas

Here’s a link to a story in The Register, but if you click on it you risk being found guilty of aiding and abetting a crime. At least in Texas. Here’s why:
A court in Dallas, Texas has found a website operator liable for copyright infringement because his site linked to an 'audio webcast' without permission. Observers have criticised the judge for failing to understand the internet.
Can we pass a law requiring judges to actually understand technology before they’re allowed to interpret the laws regarding it? Maybe the website operator should’ve told the judge that linking to the webcast helped clear out some blockage in one of the Internet’s tubes.

3 Comments:

Anonymous A moose said...

Maybe the website operator should’ve told the judge that linking to the webcast helped clear out some blockage in one of the Internet’s tubes.

As opposed to cleaning pipes, which we can also thank Texas for in at least bringing that up to the Supreme Court for review.

7:51 AM  
Blogger Timothy said...

Must...move...out...of...state....

7:57 AM  
Blogger rhhardin said...

Isn't it called a hot link? When disparaged, anyway.

The proper defense, though, is to refuse a connection to the wrong referring page.

The improper response is serving up some porn if it's got the wrong referring page.

8:32 AM  

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