Sites that ban you from linking to them. Still. In 2010
The Guardian has poked some fun at the Edinburgh Fringe website for banning people linking to it in its terms and conditions. This is more than a year after I revealed that most newspapers banned deep links, as did brands like Apple, Royal Mail, Channel 4 and, er, the Association of Online Publishers (most of those subsequently removed the offending clause after I pointed it out).
All that culminated in the hilarity of my attempts to get the Royal Mail to post me the paper licence they insisted I needed to link to them.
But here are some more sites that still think they can - or should - ban people linking to them in their terms and conditions of use. YOU ARE ALL CLOWNS.
Independent: "Third parties must not deep-link to, or frame or use other techniques to enclose any part of the Website."
Vodafone: "You, and any persons you allow to use the Service or the Content through your access to the Service, are not allowed to: - ... include or create links (including deep-links) to or from the Content and/or the Service;"
Ticketmaster: "You also agree not to deep-link to the site for any purpose, unless specifically authorised by Ticketmaster to do so."
TimeOut Tickets: "You also agree not to deep-link to the site for any purpose, unless specifically authorised by TimeOutTickets.com to do so."
Kent Online: "You also agree not to deep-link or frame to the site for any purpose, unless authorised by KM Group."
News International jobs: "Illegal and/or unauthorized use of the Services, including ... linking to the Website is prohibited."
Anglo Irish bank: " Any unauthorised linking to this Site is also strictly prohibited. Please note that ... linking to it may be in breach of statutory or common law rights which could be the subject of legal action."
Easyjet: "You are permitted to provide and maintain a Link to the easyJet Website Homepage only at URL http://www.easyjet.com. You may not direct the Link to any other webpage contained within the easyJet Website.
Jimmy Choos: "Unless authorised in writing by JCL, JCL expressly prohibits linking of any part of this Site to or from any other Sites (including so-called "deep-linking")."
Thanks to Chris Coltrane for pointing out the Guardian link.