標題: Using the Robots.txt and Robots Meta tags to implement online copyright and a related amendment
作者: Yang, Chyan
Liao, Hsien-Jyh
經營管理研究所
資訊管理與財務金融系 註:原資管所+財金所
Institute of Business and Management
Department of Information Management and Finance
關鍵字: Systems software;Tagging;Copyright law;Search engines
公開日期: 2010
摘要: Purpose - The Robots.txt and Robots Meta tags constitute a set of instruments that can be used to instruct software robots. However, the current version of Robots.txt and Robots Meta tags are both too simple and ambiguous in an internet world with many potential conflicts, especially in terms of copyright and trespass to chattels. This paper seeks to propose an amendment to the Robots.txt and Robots Meta tags to solve the problems. Design/methodology/approach - Instead of following personal experience, this paper surveys several predominant cases in an attempt to find general principles that can be used as guidelines to amend the Robots.txt and Robots Meta tags. Findings - According to several court cases, the Robots.txt and Robots Meta tags can not only be used to simply allow or refuse the software robots, but also expressing the online copyright authorization policies of webmasters. Any robot following the given policies can prevent possible conflicts, and undoubtedly, any robot ignoring these may be in breach of the law. In terms of adapting to their new roles successfully, the Robots.txt and Robots Meta tags need some supplements and adoption; as a result, the webmasters can express their will more explicitly and avoid unnecessary disputes in relation to copyright authorization scope and trespass to chattels as well. Originality/value - This paper reveals the new function of the Robots.txt and Robots Meta tags. Based on this new function, this paper points out the disadvantages of the current Robots.txt and Robots Meta tags and proposes new a comprehensive amendment based on this new function.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/11536/14154
http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/07378831011026715
ISSN: 0737-8831
DOI: 10.1108/07378831011026715
期刊: LIBRARY HI TECH
Volume: 28
Issue: 1
起始頁: 94
結束頁: 106
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