News Headline Services, Deep-Linking, And Subscription Content: Vin Crosbie writes about the effect of Danish deep-linking court case against Newsbooster.com, a second-generation search engine. The judge prohibited Newsbooster from offering headlined hyperlinks directly to Danish newspaper websites’ stories.
Unlike first-generation generic search engines (such as Yahoo, Google, and Lycos), Newsbooster specializes in news searches, charges a subscription fee, and provides its clients with hyperlinks via retrieval, email, or news feeds.
“Requiring permission before ever hyperlinking to other sites — even by search engines — could jeopardize the fundamental ecology of the Web. You wouldn’t own hyperlinks you place on your site. Such a ban would reduce the number of sites that could charge for content in favor of traditional media companies.”