Wayback Machine Way Out Of Lawsuit
from the going-wayback dept
Two years ago, we wrote about how a law firm was upset that its counterpart in a trademark case had used the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine to view some old websites for the case. Apparently the law firm had set up a robots.txt file to block the Archive and other sites from searching and archiving those pages. Last summer, the Internet Archive was sued over the issue. Now, comes the news that they’re no longer a part of the lawsuit, though the original law firm is still accused of “hacking” and violating copyrights to view the old websites. Unfortunately, there are no details on how the settlement was reached or what it entailed. Internet Archive founder Brewster Kahle says that the accessibility of the pages was a “temporary glitch” that has since been fixed. That’s good, but unfortunately leaves a lot of the other issues related to this case unsettled. Hopefully some of those will come out of the final result of the other part of the case.