Why Is The New York Times so Afraid of My Chatbot?
Chris McBride
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“Linking from webpages has long been understood not to infringe on the copyright or trademark of the linked site. But linking from a chatbot is different than linking on the web”

Deep linking (i.e. bypassing the home page) has long been a contentious issue ( see here for some commentary http://fairuse.stanford.edu/overview/website-permissions/linking). And companies such as google have made explicit agreement with some news organizations in this regard. This predates and has nothing to do with chatbots. If you create a webpage called “NYT Cooking” with direct links to the recipe pages (just like your chatbot is doing), I will bet you’ll hear from the same lawyer…

Also to say “I’m tiny and non-commercial” as justification is disingenuous. You yourself don’t rule going commercial with your platform, so you can’t use ‘non-commercial-for-now’ as justification to let your service access something that you would not get access to commercially.

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