Linking as Civil Disobedience

Lawmeme asks How Direct is Too Direct When It Comes to Hyperlinks?

Let's see. Can't host the files. Can't link to the files. Can't link to a site with the files. Where will the madness end? This is the Internet. Hyperlinking doesn't supply easy dividing lines, and when you start telling people what they can and can't link, you start murderizing the Web.

Then they give links to

  • a site with the memos
  • a site that links to a site with the memos.
  • a site that links to a site that links to a site with the memos.
  • a site that links to a site that links to a site that links to a site with the memos.

Then, there's the kicker:

Here's a link to a site that links to a site that links to a site that links to a site that links to a site with the memos. Whoops, that's the Diebold home page.

My own personal view is that a hyperlink is and should be every bit as illegal as a footnote in an academic article.

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