The gold medal
for stupid linking policy goes to ...
There have always been reports
about webmasters that don't like links pointing to their websites. First they
sued - mostly because of deep links - and lost in many European countries (e.g. Austria,
Germany) and in the
USA - remember the Ticketmaster
case? Than they tried to restrict the right
to link with "stupid"
linking policies and ridiculed themselves (the websites of Prof.
Sorkin and Links
& Law feature lists of companies that do so in the USA and in Germany).
And are they getting smarter now? Guess not! Take a look at the official Olympic
website and their Hyperlink
policy: If you want to link to their site you have to send a request letter
to the Internet Department stating e.g. a short description of your site, the
url of your site, the publishing period (How about linking for three months?...)
and the reason for linking (I always wanted to link to your site, I very much
admire its content....)! And finally you are only allowed to use the term
"ATHENS 2004" and no other term as the text referent...