@tadzik there were, yes. Some website publishers tried to make "deep linking" illegal, so they could more effectively be the gatekeepers of content on their sites.
It's just cray cray.
my guess is "objecting to deeplinking" might make a small amount of sense if you're like twitter and strictly want to be a walled silo accessible through a designed interface rather than URLs
it's so weird (if unsurprising by now) to see things that seem like they're just shitty incidentally to be revealed as part of a carefully crafted plan to be that way...
....only at the exact moment corporations get so greedy they go try to get the actually-deliberate-plan enforced by law.
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