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Jonathan,I don't mind people linking to my works, ...

2007-04-20T16:41:00.000-07:00

Jonathan,

I don't mind people linking to my works, but this particular link seems to have been incorporated into a form of advertising. I usually put a CC license on everything with "attribution" and "non-commercial." This seems to be neither. The link doesn't have my name, it just says "Commentary." And it's under a heading that says: Rosettabooks Connections, as if I have any connection with the company -- I don't. I have to say that it's a mixed emotion for me, because it's flattering in a way.

I do appreciate some requests or "heads ups" about links. For example, if someone is linking to something of mine as part of a course the request (or information) is a reminder to me that there are people depending on my not changing the locations of those items in the middle of a semester. It also lets me know how my work is being used, and it's nice to know that.

I was once at a seminar where I proposed that web links should be bi-directional. I thought they should work like the "see also from" references in authority records. No one agreed with me. But if the link were bi-directional I could create a web of pages that link to mine -- basically, my own personal Google page rank. I would like that -- I would like to know when people are linking to me because it tells me both about my work and about how it is affecting others. (p.s. searching for a site on search engines doesn't work well)



Hm, do you think that someone should (even just fo...

2007-04-20T15:56:00.000-07:00

Hm, do you think that someone should (even just for politeness) ask permission before linking to a public web page?

That surprises me. To me a link is really only a citation (albeit one which magically takes you to the work cited--so long as it's still there), and just like a citation, no permission is or should be needed (by either law or even courtesy) to cite or link to your work, which you've made publically available.

Whenever I see people asking permission to link to something, or expressing the opinion that permission should be obtained--I'm always a bit surprised, and think they don't 'get' it. But I'm even more surprised to find you appearing in this role, Karen!

Jonathan Rochkind