The Daily Mail and Daily Mirror have joined the Daily Telegraph in scrapping their bans on other websites linking to them without prior written consent.
David Black, Group Director of Digital Publishing at Trinity Mirror, says it’s ‘being fixed’ for mirror.co.uk.
And James Bromley, Managing Director at Mail Digital, says ‘We also will be allowing people to actually link to our website shortly’.
You can read their full comments on the original post, here. Most people at newspapers clearly had no idea their T&Cs banned other sites linking to them, and they made no attempt to enforce this. Ian Douglas added that ‘it says more about the relevance of Ts and Cs than the various papers’ attitude to linking’.
There has been no comment yet from the Sun, Times, FT or Independent.
The ‘no links’ clauses, found in several papers’ sites’ terms & conditions, provoked amazement on twitter. But it seems newspapers aren’t alone – there are more sites with similar conditions such as these large companies and these public sector organisations.