Newspaper sites: do not link to us

How will other newspapers react now The Guardian is giving access to a million articles to developers for free as part of its Open Platform initiative

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.

Independent: confused

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 in an “at work” capacity … and your use extends beyond personal, non-commercial use then you should contact FT’s Content Sales Team at 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.


20 thoughts on “Newspaper sites: do not link to us

  1. Matt B (Thanet Star)

    That’s hysterical.

    A URI being a Uniform Resource Identifier and a URL being a Uniform Resource Locator as they are it is not possible to “copyright”, “Trade Mark” or otherwise own the path name of your pages do to the prior art of the WWW system being claimable by Tim Burners-Lee of the W3 consortium.

    They can forbid it all they like and it will still be legal.

    I bet they paid a lot each for that mumbo jumbo.

  2. Pingback: More coverage of the Guardian’s Open Platform API -

  3. Callie

    *please do not read anyone else’s newspaper and that includes you on the tube reading the headlines of the guy opposite’s paper*

    This is not the death of the media – merely a rationalisation.

  4. Pingback: British newspapers haven’t quite figured out the Internet » Stuart Tiffen

  5. Pingback: Comms Links 12/03/09

  6. Jon Clements

    I can recall a time when we took the Ts&Cs to heart and actually phoned the publications for permission to link to a piece of client coverage on ther site. I mean, how dare we drive extra traffic their way.

  7. Pingback: Links for the weekend | Links para o fim de semana « O Lago | The Lake

  8. Pingback: Newspaper sites start to scrap ‘no inbound links’ policies | Online Journalism Blog

  9. SvB

    Discussion should be made with those worried newspaper editors.
    Many people are willing to prevent print journalism for dying, Twitter can replicate Google YouTube success in helping TV and movie maker / film artists to promote or increase audience/viewers.
    They want traffic, Twitter can give them traffic, so lets sit down together and discuss how those traffic numbers can be made and converted to ads & subscription .

  10. Pingback: From despair to where? | Gary AndrewsGary Andrews

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.