Educators should be aware of a brewing controversy that soon could limit how they are allowed to connect students to news articles and other copyrighted materials over the internet: Some online publishers, angry about the practice of "deep-linking" to their web sites, have begun threatening legal action against users of the tactic, calling it a violation of U.S. copyright law.

This so-called deep-linking occurs whenever a teacher or some other person provides a web link that bypasses another site's home page and goes directly to a specific article deep within that internet site. Many teachers say


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