DISCUSSION: Before answering this, you should ask yourself what the author thinks about web documents. Generally, we know they think that:
- Linking to web pages should be allowed.
- Owners can restrict access to their web pages if they want to.
- Restricting this access would reduce the openness of the web, but it’s better than changing copyright law.
- This answer contradicts lines 44-49. The author says that site owners have tools to restrict access, such as passwords.
- This is pretty extreme. It implies that if even one copyrighted web page is restricted, then the openness of the web is significantly harmed.
- This contradicts lines 44-49. Passwords do allow you to restrict access to a web page, even if a link to it works instantly.
- No. The author said we should not change legal codes (lines 50-52), and that there are already methods of protection (lines 44-49).
- CORRECT. Lines 44-51 show this is true. Sites can password restrict pages if they want (e.g. Wall Street Journal articles are subscriber-only). This does restrict the openness of the web, even though it’s still better than making linking illegal.
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