Deep Linking to Content Is Illegal
A Texas district judge ruled, in a landmark case, that deep linking to a websites content is illegal if the owner of the content asks you to remove the hyperlink and you refuse.
The case in question was between Robert Davis, who operates Supercrosslive.com, and supercross.cc.com, The owners of the content, which in this case was streaming videos of motorcross events.
supercross.cc.com claimed that, by linking directly to it's audio feeds, Mr Davis was depriving them of ad revenue, and the judge agreed and ordered Mr Davis to remove the links to.
I get the feeling this court case would have made as much sense as a monkey in a box.
For one, Mr Davis is an idiot for being prepared to go to court over something as trivial as a hyperlink. Secondly, supercross.cc.com are idiots for not taking care of this on their end. All they had to do is send all referrers from Mr Davis' site to a page that contaned adverts, and thirdly the judge is an idiot for not tellling these people to grow up, go home and sort out their own childish squables.