Link Silent, Link Deep

As you probably know, deep linking (the practice of linking to individual stories in a publication, rather than to the front page) is under attack by all sorts of Old Media types.

The good news is, it looks like bloggers might have a good legal case. ZDNet has the story.

[Lawyer Paul Alan] Levy compares deep linking to the offline act of including citations at the bottom of a research paper. Researchers are allowed to direct people to specific pages of a physical newspaper; in the same way, they should be able to link to the relevant page on a site, he said.
“Though the online world and newspapers are different, the same principles ought to apply,” he said.

He also likens deep links to giving someone directions to the library