"You are now leaving Activision!"


No, really?



That’s not all that uncommon on many commercial, and even government, websites, that link you to an outside website that they do not control.

You’d be amazed at the number of people who will blame you for the content of other sites you link to and write angry emails to the support staff about.

Well, maybe you wouldn’t.

I’ve always found this disclaimer on kids websites to be particually funny, simply because it’s so blunt. It usually states something like:

“Hey kids, this is advertising!”

For whatever reason the Nabisco website stands out in my mind. Scroll down and read the white text.

[size=1]Yeah, that’s right, I just sent you to a website about snack cookies in a video game forum.[/size]

You know how dumb the average guy is? Well, half the population is stupider than that! …As the saying goes. (thanks Pratchett!).


This does not surprise me in the least considering some of the content notes I’ve seen from Activision Legal in QA databases.

And legally mandated if the site is attempting to be COPA compliant.

So all sites need it? Or just ones targeted at kids? Or…?


I want my god damned five fucking seconds back.

I know that my dad used to think that back in the day of the web first gaining popularity that I would be in danger of being sued for linking AOLsucks.com to my personal webpage.

I don’t know what that means but I hope you’re not suggesting you took my original comment seriously?

The indecency provisions of COPA are very close to being outright declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. This past June the Court affirmed an injunction against enforcement of COPA, holding that it would violate the First Amendment. Besides, I don’t think a host could be liable under COPA for linking to sites outside of their control. It’d be an interesting case though (maybe hot-linking images might count).

COPA stuff: http://www.epic.org/free_speech/copa/