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Re: Web caching liability
From: "Paul R.D. LANtinga" <planting () blrp28 verifone com>
Date: Tue, 06 Jan 1998 12:01:26 +0530

nbastin () mail-2 wtic net wrote:

On Fri, 2 Jan 1998, Turnando Fuad wrote:

On a related note.

I would be curious to the liability issues surrounding the use of web
proxy servers and Cisco Cache engines. ISP/NSPs traditionally only
forwards packets or are at least responsible to a certain degree for
resolution of IP addresses from DNS and routers. The use of these web
cache technologies allows ISP/NSPs to now *intelligently determine* what
data the requesting client receives. With web proxy server, at least the
client is aware(we hope) that data is being cached but the Cisco Cache
engine makes that process transparent. As we are all well aware, these
intelligent implementations don't always work. It seems that we are on
slippery grounds making content decisions for end user requests. And
doesn't it become even messier with the suggested/proposed web caching at
the MAEs or at the NSP level?

I think I would have to categorize this 3 ways.  No 1, caching in
principle and, working properly, is probably not breaching any lines of
legality, even as they stand now, and commen sense tells us that's it's a
good thing (not to say that common sense would help you in, at least an
american, court of law.)  No 2, what AOL has is what I refer to as
'caching negligence'.  They run a cache because it's good idea, but they
run it poorly, and fail to notice or respond when it screws up.  Probably
the only people who have any legal recourse here are the AOL members,
and not web site operators, since it's due to the negligence of AOL that
the service for the members suffers.  No 3 would be 'caching with

So, go and get an aol account and start bitching.  That's done easily
enough and is a small price to pay to ensure that the kajilions of
aol'ers see one's site properly.  Granted, it's still hard not to
envision aolusers as ebola victims on a bus on the info super duper
Paul R.D. Lantinga Sr. Network Engineer
Verifone India Pvt. Ltd.   Bangalore

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