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Now it may not be safe to *link* to content from LiveJournal

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Aug. 9th, 2007 | 04:28 am
posted by: duskpeterson in eternaldungeon

News via metafandom: rydra_wong reports that a member of LiveJournal's Abuse Team has stated that linking to offsite material that LiveJournal considers to be a violation of its terms of service can get you suspended. In other words, if you link to a story on your own Website, and LiveJournal considers that story to violate its rules, it will suspend your journal "in most situations."

LiveJournal's Abuse Team has been known to misinterpret official policy. However, if true, this is a new policy, because just a couple of months ago, LiveJournal refused to shut down a comm that was persistently linking to pirated e-books, because the e-books were hosted offsite.

Update, August 9: violet_quill received a response to a support request that echoed the above advisement by LiveJournal. elychari believes this has been part of LiveJournal's Terms of Service all along.

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Maureen Lycaon

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from: maureenlycaon
date: Aug. 9th, 2007 04:42 am (UTC)

Not good at all. However, at this point, I'm getting so fed up that I will risk suspension. (Plus, I'm gradually shifting my activities to GJ and IJ anyway.)

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from: evilrottenspawn
date: Aug. 9th, 2007 04:27 pm (UTC)

Well, that's just stupid. I once got in trouble on a forum for linking to some photographs of a guy with an axe in his head (his wife caught him cheating. he survived). Anyways...no one MAKES you click on a link. It's completely up to the user. If you preface the link with "This is a link to blah, blah, blah", why should the Abuse(r of) Team(s) care what you're linking to?

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Dusk Peterson

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from: duskpeterson
date: Aug. 9th, 2007 04:30 pm (UTC)

It's hard for me to see how a link could make LiveJournal legally liable. I hope that LiveJournal says more on this topic.

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