would yola website, LINKS 2 copyrighted content result in deletion ?

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I want to get the word from Yola itself before I embark upon this project : will creating a webiste having LINKS to content that may or may not be copyrighted result in the website getting deleted ? No copyrighted will be hosted on the website itself, but mere links would be provided. Thanks
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Posted 9 years ago

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Ruth

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Hi Stan,

Not knowing the nature of the works you intend to link to makes it difficult for us to comment. However, Yola does take copyright very seriously.

If you are in doubt about the content that you intend to add to your website, please review our Terms of Service http://www.yola.com/terms.html and seek legal advice.
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yea, but I think we misunderstood.

You can LINK to copyrighted material all you want. 90% of the internet is copyrighted and still linked to. You just can't produce the material yourself.
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Donald

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like... I can link to Yola if I want... but Yola's copyrighted! Make sense?
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diane

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linking to downloadable files could be a problem though
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Donald

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if the link opens a dialogue box to download a copyrighted file then it would be a potential problem. But if the link takes you to a website which has the file on it, then the website is the ones required to get the license or are liable for copyright infringement not the person linking to them.
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KanThaiDecor

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All that matters is that linking to improper sites can get a site dropped from the Yola servers.
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Donald

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yea, but how can they do that if you don't know the circumstances of every site out there. WE are NOT in any way shape or form legally liable for someone else hosting illegal or copyrighted content even if we link to them. That's their issue and ONLY the hosting website can be blamed.
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Of course we may not always know if the sites that we are choosing to link to are infringing upon copyright laws, but I do believe it is our responsibility to check these things out as much as we possibly can.

If we are knowingly linking to sites that are violating the copyright laws or hosting illegal content, then that holds you liable. If you are later made aware that there are copyright issues regarding a site you're linking to, then again, you have a responsibility to remove yourself from that situation.

As Ruth said earlier, we do take this very seriously. If you need more information regarding our TOS, please feel free to review them here.
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Donald

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Yea, the law states that IF you are made aware of these issues then you can be held liable. But if you were never made aware of these issues then you can't and the reason is because it's not your site. It's not possible for you to know whether or not a company or site has the license required. You can even ask a site, do you hold licenses for all copyrighted material and they can simply lie to you. So you are only liable IF you have been made aware - an artist, publisher, producer, authority figure, etc. says "the site "this site" you are linking to has copyright issues and by not removing the link, you can be held liable.
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Donald

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And as for the TOS, they indicate nothing about linking to sites with copyright infringement... that's what this thread is about.