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17 October, 2007

No peeking

By reading this entry, the owners of copyrighted content quoted below hereby acknowledge that use as fair.

On that issue, the lawyers operating the Consumer Law & Privacy blog have discovered a website with an amusingly restrictive 'user agreement'.

The presence of a user agreement at all on a publicly-accessible website is odd enough, but the text (to which, incidentally, I emphatically do not agree) wrongly alleges that:

By using this site you agree and understand that the HTML code, look, feel, content, company name, logo, text, and any likeness or derivative of such content is the sole property of Inventor-Link LLC and may not be used in any manner without the expressed written permission of Inventor-Link LLC. Furthermore, we strictly prohibit any links and or other unauthorized references to our web site without our permission.
Thereby displaying a startling lack of awareness of fair use provision. Perhaps their legal representatives could help. Apparently not:
As you may know, you can view the HTML code with a standard browser. We do not permit you to view such code since we consider it to be our intellectual property protected by the copyright laws. You are therefore not authorized to do so. In addition, you should not make any copies of any part of this website in any way since we do not want anyone copying us. We also do not allow any links to our site without our express permission.
Which displays an alarming lack of comprehension of the very concept of copyright.

One could suggest this opens them to a certain amount of ridicule. I couldn't possibly comment.

[Via BoingBoing. I'm entirely confident Cory et al. would have no objection to that link, but it's important to state that I did not require their permission for it.]

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