Hollywood looks to kill hyperlinks
\"It all depends on how broadly the opinion is written,\" said Eugene Volokh, a law professor at the University of California at Los Angeles. \"If an opinion is quite broad, it would interfere with a lot of things on the Web. But I don\'t think it\'s likely that a court would issue such an opinion.\"
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The ability to link on the Web is largely taken for granted. Most mainstream publications--CNET News.com included--routinely provide links to other sites without fear of being held liable for violating those other sites\' copyrights.
Throughout the medium\'s short history there have been sporadic attempts to rein in that freedom. Many of these have seen one publication sue another for using links to their articles as inducement to come to the front page of a less popular site. A string of cases has seen Ticketmaster sue rivals for linking to ticket-buying pages deep within the Web sites--so-called deep linking--thereby allowing customers to skip earlier pages with ads and sponsorships.