Wednesday, May 13, 2009

What is a Gadget? How about a Gadget Against Redirection?

There are numerous definitions as to what a gadget is and what gadgets are. As one can read at sites such as the Wikipedia, a gadget can be nearly any device having a useful specific purpose and function.

Gadgets are popular as Engadget and Gizmodo demonstrate, two of the leading gadget websites.

We ourselves would never regularly read Gizmodo, however, because - without our express permission - that website redirects our entry of to just because we live in Germany and use a German-language OS, which is really none of the business of Gizmodo.

We consider such redirection from a specific entry of as an Internet address - without the user's consent - to a German Internet address, to be illegal.

Engadget, on the other hand, takes us directly to when we enter that into our URL address line whereupon Engadget then correctly offers us the choice of the German page if we want it.

In our opinion, some lawyers could make lots of money by bringing class actions against those websites which force illegal redirection of users to any website other than the one that they expressly entered into the URL address line. Redirection without consent is simply one form of fraud. Arguing that in this case that there are good intentions behind this redirection is of no consequence. As a general principle of law, redirection should not be permitted without the user's consent.

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