restrictions on web service linking?

David Woolley david at
Thu Nov 23 07:47:51 UTC 2006

> If worded as a restriction on use (and not on distribution) it would

The FSF's interpretation of US copyright law is that the incidental
copying involved in the use of software is fair use and therefore
the only way of enforcing use restrictions is by forming a contract
with all the required elements (offer, acceptance, consideration, capacity)
needed for that.

If the UK patent office's Copyright law summary is correct, this incidental
copying may be subject to copyright permission in the UK.

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