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Newspaper sites: don’t read or link to us …

March 11, 2009 20 Comments

How will other newspapers react to the Guardian opening up their content for free via 'Open Platform'?

If their website terms & conditions are anything to go by, they have a long way to go to embrace the internet.

Mirror: no linking

Mirror: no linking

It's fairly standard for any publication to forbid people from copying its material. But some papers have gone so far with their site T&Cs (quoted below) that you're not allowed to link to - or even read - their website. Legal departments: can I suggest you review these ... They kind of conflict with all those 'share' buttons you have!

Daily Mirror: no linking

Clause 2.1: "You also agree not to deep-link ... to the Site for any purpose, unless specifically authorised by MGN Ltd to do so."
(The Mirror's T&Cs are so badly drafted that most of them are repeated at the bottom - someone has pressed copy and paste by mistake ...)

The Sun: no linking

Clause 10: "Unauthorised linking to the website is prohibited"

Telegraph: all fine as of 3pm

This used to say "you must not deep-link to ... any part of the Site without our prior written consent. " But within 5 hours of my pointing this out on twitter, they had deleted it! So no problems there now ...

Independent: confused

On the one hand: "Third parties are permitted to link to stories within INM websites, using the URL and quoting the headline and the source website." On the other: "Third parties must not deep-link to ... any part of the Website. "

Daily Mail: no linking

"You may not provide a link to this web site from any other web site without first obtaining Associated's prior written consent."

FT: no reading at work

Only read it for personal reasons, not for business ones: "If you are using in an "at work" capacity ... and your use extends beyond personal, non-commercial use then you should contact FT's Content Sales Team at to discuss your business requirements." Do they apply this rule to the paper, too?

Times: no linking

"unauthorised ... linking to the Website is prohibited".

I would link to the T&Cs, but I'm not authorised ... ;)

None of this, of course, stops various newspapers including paid links on their pages ...

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