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Re: Web caching liability
From: "Kent W. England" <kwe () geo net>
Date: Tue, 06 Jan 1998 14:40:06 -0800

At Friday, Paul A Vixie wrote:

At the WIPO meeting in December 1996, the consensus was that mirroring
ran afoul of copyright and license issues, and that caching did not.
Caching was deemed an automated (no human intervention required) response
to demanded traffic, and mirroring was considered a proactive human act.

Another interesting question than the intellectual property issue, is the
question of what a NSP/ISP might do with the statistics on proxy traffic --
the numbers on hits, bytes, etc -- and the usage profiles of individuals
using the proxy.

I think it is only a matter of time and opportunity before some ISPs would
begin to exploit revenue opportunities associated with this new gatekeeping
role, should it develop.


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