posted on Oct, 10 2008 @ 09:09 PM
Originally posted by lushyslushy
I was going to post a link to this website on a webpage of mine and before i do so i would like your opinion first.
I think this is a very interesting legal question.
I've been web-searching for an answer to this question for at least a full hour, and can't find out this simple question:
Can you copyright a URL?
I have found several cases, but every one of them seems to have been settled without going to court.
My feeling -- although you can definitely copyright the content at a URL, I do not think you can actually copyright the URL itself.
I don't think the answer has ever been determined in court.
I see where it may be possible to trademark a domain name. But apparently, you cannot enforce that trademark if it is part of a URL, other than the
domain name. That looks like it has been settled (but is kind of off-topic.)
So -- can you copyright the actual text composing a URL?
Don't know. Any info would be appreciated.
EDIT UPDATE: Here is the closest answer I could find:
It is from a blog. It says there have been court cases, but they have gone both ways, depending upon certain conditions, such as whether the links are
publicly known, or whether you are linking to a site strictly to help facilitate copyright infringement of the sites content, etc. Very confusing!
[edit on 10-10-2008 by Buck Division]