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December 23, 2002

Linking Liability

Linking Liability The article discusses the legal risks and proposes statutory immunity for linking. Currently, an individual could be subject to legal claims such as libel, invasion of privacy, or trademark or copyright infringement - just for providing a link.

Don't Link to Us! This blog by David E. Sorkin, a professor at the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, provides "links to sites that attempt to impose substantial restrictions on other sites that link to them." Public ridicule of stupid linking policies - what a great idea.

Don't Read Us According to its description, the Office of International Information Programs (IIP):

"is the principal international strategic communications service for the foreign affairs community. IIP designs, develops, and implements a variety of information initiatives and strategic communications programs, including Internet and print publications, traveling and electronically transmitted speaker programs, and information resource services. These reach--and are created strictly for--key international audiences, such as the media, government officials, opinion leaders, and the general public in more than 140 countries around the world." [Emphasis added]
The Office, part of the Department of State, provides a list and links for its publications. Its aims for cultural diplomacy include Writers on America, a recent collection of essays by contemporary writers, including four Pulitzer Prize winners, who explain how some aspect of America or being an American has influenced their writing. But don't read them - they're not for consumption by an American audience.

Yours, &c., LC | 12:01 PM | Legal | Comments (2)

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The way I understand the Smith-Mundt Act, which makes it illegal for the U.S. to distribute this literature domestically, the purpose was to prevent the government from using public money to propagandize. That's what we have the private media for.

Posted by: Scott at December 23, 2002 04:56 PM

The way I understand the Smith-Mundt Act, which makes it illegal for the U.S. to distribute this literature domestically, the purpose was to prevent the government from using public money to propagandize. That's what we have the private media for.

Posted by: Scott at December 23, 2002 04:56 PM