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 Update 3: January 18, 2003


1. Meteodata / Hot Maps

Not really a new story, but very important: I received an e-mail from someone, who wanted advice after he got a note from Hot Maps, demanding he pay for links. If you receive such a message, I recommend you  take a look at or Forum B-L-R (both sources are in German):


If you are looking for more information about the Meteodata case, here are two more resources, that were not mentioned before on my website: Forum B-L-R and Stockhammer.

2. The latest news on the DeCSS case

Norwegian teenager Jon Johansen, the creator of a computer program that enables unauthorised copying of DVDs, was acquitted of all charges against him in a Norwegian court.

According to a ruling from the California Supreme Court in November 2002, Andrew Brunner can not be sued in a California court, because he resides in Texas: "the mere posting of information on a passive Internet Web site, which is accessible from anywhere but is directed at no particular audience, cannot be an action targeted at a particular (state)." 

The U.S. Supreme Court has lifted a temporary stay that barred Brunner from posting DeCSS on the internet, ending the DVD Copy Control Association's effort to keep the California Supreme Court ruling from taking effect.

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3. Links & Law in the News!

Last year several news sources reported about the website from David Sorkin, associate professor of law at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago. His website fights "stupid linking policies" that attempt to impose restrictions on other sites that link to them. Links & Law also features a list of  "stupid German linking policies". This list got media attention in the last few days:

New in Legal Resources:  

New in Technical Background:

What are Permalinks?

Weblogs often use permalinks to mark a certain document. The link will stay valid even if the entry is moved from the main page into the archive.

A definition for "permalink" can be found at: The question, how to add a permanent link to a blog is answered at: An explanation of permalinks in German can be found at: and



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