If their site T&Cs are anything to go by, they have a long way to go to embrace the internet.
It’s fairly standard to forbid people from copying your material. But some papers have gone so far with their site T&Cs that you’re not allowed to link to – or even read – their pages. The quotes below are all from the sites’ T&Cs (and all seem to conflict with the ‘share’ buttons, such as the one enabling the Times to top the StumbleUpon league).
Daily Mirror: don’t link to us
Clause 2.1: “You also agree not to deep-link … to the Site for any purpose, unless specifically authorised by MGN Ltd to do so.”
Daily Mail: don’t link to us
“You may not provide a link to this web site from any other web site without first obtaining Associated’s prior written consent.”
The Sun: don’t link to us
Clause 10: “Unauthorised linking to the website is prohibited”
Telegraph: OK as of 3pm
This used to say “you must not deep-link to … any part of the Site without our prior written consent. ” But within 5 hours of my pointing this out on twitter, they had deleted it.
On the one hand: “Third parties are permitted to link to stories within INM websites, using the URL and quoting the headline and the source website.” On the other: “Third parties must not deep-link to … any part of the Website. ”
FT: don’t read at work
Only read it for personal reasons, not for business ones: “If you are using FT.com in an “at work” capacity … and your use extends beyond personal, non-commercial use then you should contact FT’s Content Sales Team at FTSales.Support@ft.com to discuss your business requirements.” Do they apply this rule to the paper, too?
Times: don’t link to us
“unauthorised … linking to the Website is prohibited”.
Originally posted here.