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Author Topic: does linking require permission?  (Read 7650 times)

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B L McAllister

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does linking require permission?
« on: May 03, 2007, 01:06:35 PM »

A friend is designing a website for me.  I'd like to include several clickable links (e.g. to MWF, MWA, SinC, and several others).  Do I need any sort of permission from the websites I want to link to? Or is linking "free"?
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Re: does linking require permission?
« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2007, 02:59:37 PM »

I've always thought it to be a no questions asked kind of thing. A heads-up email never hurts, and can bring a reciprocal link, and maybe an image they'd like you to use.
 
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Re: does linking require permission?
« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2007, 03:29:10 PM »

I've always thought it to be a no questions asked kind of thing. A heads-up email never hurts, and can bring a reciprocal link, and maybe an image they'd like you to use.
 
Okay--all right if I link to Mystery Writers' Forum?
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Re: does linking require permission?
« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2007, 05:45:01 PM »

Sometimes websites you want to include will have information about linking to them on their site.  SinC wants you to ask permission to use their logo, but I didn't see anything about a plain link.  I didn't look at the others you mentioned.

If I can find an email for the people I want to add, I write and ask if they would mind my putting a link to them on my site.  To me, it just seems more courteous to ask.  Nobody has minded yet, but some people might because I do have some religious content there.  So far all the responses have been positive, and the ones I've contacted seemed to like being asked.   

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Re: does linking require permission?
« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2007, 06:19:07 AM »

Typically, straight links don't need permission. Using a linkee's logo or graphics generally does require some sort of permission; many sites will have special graphics available for links, if you want.

OTOH, if yours is a particularly scarmy website and you include a link, the linkee may ask you to remove it. If you're running a snuff-pet-porn site, don't expect to be popular...
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