Hard News by Russell Brown

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Hard News: Grade-A lunacy. With your money.

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  • Russell Brown,

    See what I did there?

    Anyway, here's a list from a British blog: Sites that ban you from linking to them. Still. In 2010.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22756 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    Extraordinary.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Michael Stevens,

    *shakes head in disbelief, walks away*

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 230 posts Report Reply

  • Lyndon Hood,

    Auckland site's back up. No link policy presently, but that some grade-a shink-wrap licencing right there.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1115 posts Report Reply

  • MikeE,

    Clearly they want their websites to have lower google rankings eh..

    Kingsland • Since Nov 2006 • 138 posts Report Reply

  • CarlosNZ,

    Is this, in any way, legally enforceable?

    I'm guessing not, but I'd love to see them try. Could be good for a laugh.

    Auckland, NZ • Since Jul 2010 • 1 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart,

    Back when we were trying to put together the T&C for Bardic Web and looking at what other people were doing, we realised that the reason a number of sites would have the same very odd prohibitions was that they'd nicked their entire T&C from someone else's site.

    I can't now find a way of expressing that I'm not implying that's what's happened here without it sounding like I'm implying that's what's happened here even more...

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4650 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    If the Copyright Council of NZ had done that, it would be even more deliciously ironic.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Ben Gracewood,

    I'm at a complete loss. On the one hand you have Auckland Council agencies going off and spending thousands of dollars on new systems that are already in place with existing councils, then on the other hand we have this bullshit.

    As I said on Twitter: I desperately want the new Auckland Council to re-use stuff, but can we at least not re-use the cockups?

    Orkland • Since Nov 2006 • 168 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Auckland site's back up. No link policy presently, but that some grade-a shink-wrap licencing right there.

    Thanks for the heads-up. I've amended the post to include the actual wording.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22756 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Ben, can you check the amended post and see if I've missed anything about the Auckland Council T&Cs?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22756 posts Report Reply

  • Zippy Gonzales,

    Heh. From Wellington City Council:

    This website and all its content is owned by the Wellington City Council and is subject to copyright. Website visitors may reproduce, store and use the content of this website for personal, informational and non-commercial purposes only.

    Except as stated in the above paragraph, no portion of the content of the website, or the Council logo, may be copied or used without the written permission of the Council.

    Explains the fallout from this press release I copied. The WCC link there is dead now. No C&D nastygram from WCC for the cut and paste though.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 186 posts Report Reply

  • FletcherB,

    Can I, in a comment on your blog, impose T&C for the readers of my own comment?

    The T & C for this comment are that you may read it but are not allowed to use the info contained in it for any other purpose... including quoting it, or even implying that you've read it by responding to the content....

    :)

    West Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 887 posts Report Reply

  • Rich of Observationz,

    I worked for a firm in the late 90s that was all about deep linking and we never got so much as a cease and desist.

    I wonder how many of these sites set NOBOTS. Anyway as a layman I'd argue that a link, deep or otherwise, is fair use.

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5550 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Also: Looks like Google is breaching the Copyright Council's cacheing policy.

    They'll be quaking in their boots, I'm sure.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22756 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    First China, then the Copyright Council of NZ? They don't stand a chance.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Jeremy Eade,

    Ever, apparently. Because who knows where we'd be if information got out

    Look Russell it's easy to make lite of this but if people start reading websites willynilly we're all fucked because that would create a problem that ,well I can't actually define the problem at the moment but seriously do these people who write that legal stuff actually understand what the online medium does and how viral is a really, really good thing online.

    A disconnect of industries!

    auckland • Since Mar 2008 • 1112 posts Report Reply

  • Juha Saarinen,

    Makes me wonder why Public Address doesn't have a policy that requires users to obtain written permission (within 1 to 5 working days) before commenting on the System?

    Since Nov 2006 • 529 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    I heard that one of the technical improvements that Russell has in the pipeline is that all comments will have to be delivered by registered mail.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • merc,

    What pay can make minds so small?

    Since Dec 2006 • 2471 posts Report Reply

  • Jeremy Eade,

    I was hoping we could set up a smoke communication system on hills.

    auckland • Since Mar 2008 • 1112 posts Report Reply

  • 3410,

    So.... why would they do this?

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 2618 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    going all postal...

    ...all comments will have to be delivered by registered mail.

    via Thurn and Taxis, W.A.S.T.E. or Bolger's lot?
    ...and will this usher in the welcome return of the tamperproof wax seal?

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7889 posts Report Reply

  • chris,

    but we'll always be able to paraphrase...and offer general directions to the vicinity thereof.

    Mawkland • Since Jan 2010 • 1302 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    via Thurn and Taxis, W.A.S.T.E. or Bolger's lot?

    Bolger's lot 39. Naturally.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

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