||Oracle Tips by Burleson
Chapter 5 -
All About Cybercrime
Real-World Case: Web
As it turns out, there was no article on this
website. If he had paid the $9.50 fee, he would have been
redirected to the real article on the Oracle Technical Network (OTN).
This gentleman was personally taken-aback to
find that this site was re-selling hyperlinks, and he wondered if it
The content looks like an original article with
no disclosure about the legitimate owner of the content.
It is never mentioned that the article is
nothing more than a hyperlink. There is no value-added content
whatsoever, no commentary, nothing but the fee.
While doing some research, he consulted an
attorney, Internet Law expert Nicholas Ackerman, who told him:
It’s not against the law for a website to
collect and sell collections of related hyperlinks. Websites such
as “News Clipping Services” sell hyperlinks to the works of others.
It may not be legal, however, to represent
these hyperlinks as if they were the proprietary property of the
website. This practice might fall within the realm of U.S. consumer
fraud laws. There are strict state and federal statutes against
unfair or fraudulent business practices, as well as truth in
advertising laws that are designed to protect Internet users against
Selling the work of others and presenting it as
original content violates an honest user’s sense of justice. In the
next section, guidance will be presented on how to seek justice for
a whole host of offenses.
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