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15 more sites that forbid you from linking to them

March 28, 2011 54 Comments

I've written before (2009 and 2010) about sites that forbid you from linking to them in their T&Cs - as well as the fun I had trying to get one of Royal Mail's elusive licences giving permission to link to them.

Here, in 2011, are 15 sites I've not featured before, all of which try to prevent you linking to them (usually restricting the "right" to link to just the homepage or else requiring written consent). YOU'RE ALL IDIOTS. I have, of course, linked to them - click the company name to see the T&Cs. (Update The NUS have tweeted me to say they've revised their T&Cs. One down ... Update 2 The University of Nottingham have changed theirs too. Update 3 And the BMJ.)

Statue head in hands


Barclays Capital

Forget the banking crisis. The important thing is that "No third party is permitted to link any other web-site to this Site without obtaining our prior written consent."

BBC magazines

Oh, the BBC. How could you? "You are not permitted to create a link to any part of our Services other than the home page unless you have our prior written consent."

British Medical Journal (BMJ) Group

Right, I won't. Oh. "You must not deep link to any of our other websites or link to our home pages without our agreement in writing."


The wrong kind of lawyers, as well as snow. "Links to this website shall not be setup without the written consent of Eurostar Group Limited."

Lloyds TSB

Don't we own you? We'll do as we please. "If you would like to link to the Website, you may only do so on the basis that you link to, but do not replicate, the home page of the Website".

The Odeon

Accessible versions of their site? No. Stupid T&Cs? Yes. "You undertake not to: ... establish a link to this Website from any other website, intranet or extranet site, without our express prior written consent".

National Union of Students

Actually, I will. "You ... will not create and publish a hypertext link to any part of the Website".

Northern Rail

Ooh, controversial. "You may only link to this Web site with Our express written permission. We expressly reserve the right to withdraw Our consent at any time to a link which in Our sole opinion is inappropriate or controversial."


Can I have the consent with my delivery tomorrow? "You may not create a link to this website from another website or document without Ocado Group plc's prior written consent."

Radission Edwardian Hotels

The right to disable links on other websites? They must have totally l33t skills. "Your linking of another web site to our web site is at your own risk. In addition, you agree not to link your web site or any other third party web site to our web site without our express prior written consent. We reserve the right to disable links from any third party sites to our website."


They probably charge you if you do. "You may not establish and/or operate links to this website without the prior written consent of Ryanair".


Lying about reserves? Yes. This - no. "You may not ... link to this web site; without our express written consent. If you wish to provide a hypertext or other link to this web site, please email the Webmaster with details of: the URL(s) of the web page(s) from which you are proposing to link to this web site; the URL(s) of the web page(s) on this web site to which you are proposing to link and we will consider your request. It is our decision as to whether we agree to your request and we do not have to do so."

Tottenham Hotspur

It's this attention to detail that will get you in the Champion's League. "You will not deep-link ... the Site or the Services without our prior written approval to be given or refused at our discretion."

United Parcel Service (UPS)

I tried to deliver my request for an agreement but they weren't in. "Linking to any page of the Website other than to through a plain text link is strictly prohibited in the absence of a separate linking agreement with UPS."

University of Nottingham

Academic freedom's a wonderful thing. "You may create a hypertext link to the homepage of our website at provided such link is not used in a misleading or defamatory context. You may not create links to any other page or file forming part of our website without our prior written permission."

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