Author Puts Article Online, Insists That Due To Copyright, You Cannot Link To It

from the that'll-work dept

BeeAitch points us to yet another misunderstanding of copyright law, though this one is more amusing than anything else. It comes from an article from 2005 written by one Dr. T. Matthew Ciolek, from Australian National University, and it's apparently about "trade routes." Honestly, it doesn't matter what the article is about. What matters is that at the very top, it says:
Note: due to copyright restrictions this page may not be linked from other online pages.
Then, at the very bottom, it says:
Copyright (c) 2005 by Encyclopedia of Globalization. Grolier Academic. All rights reserved. This page may not be linked from other online pages.
And, in neither case is that accurate. You absolutely can link to it as I have just now (and above) and (what the hell) will do again (just for fun). Sorry Dr. T. Matthew Ciolek, that's just not how copyright works. You are free to block anyone who comes via referrals from other sites (or block referrals from this site specifically). You're also free not to post your content online, or to bar others from republishing it (recognizing certain legal exemptions). But, nothing in copyright law says that you can order people not to link to your work.

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    jakerome (profile), 11 Nov 2011 @ 8:59pm

    Probably a nod to the publisher

    Most journals do not want the authors to publish their work online. So it's likely this is an attempt to mollify the journal but claiming that no one but the author & the few people he sends it to will see it.


    It's silly & unenforceable, but would make a little bit of sense from the point of view of the author trying to satisfy his publisher while posting his work.

    Here's an example from another page,

    "Copyright 2005-present by T. Matthew Ciolek. This Web page may be linked to any other Web pages. Contents may not be altered. Unauthorised use or electronic dissemination is prohibited by applicable laws. Please contact the appropriate section maintainer for permission to re-use any material."

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