The organisers of the Pan American Games in Toronto, which start this week, require that people seek formal permission to link to its website at toronto2015.org.
Just to be on the safe side however, we wrote to the organisers asking for their permission to link to them for this article. We politely emailed:
Dear Pan Am Games lawyers,
Welcome to the internet.
We would like to seek permission to link to your website for a story we are writing about how ludicrous it is that you are requesting people to ask permission to link to your site.
It is only fair that we warn you the article is likely to be critical of yourselves and contain a good degree of mockery.
We should also note that we will link to your site regardless of your response. But all the same, it's nice to have permission.
And before you ask: there's no need to ask us for permission to link to the story when it's up. It happens all the time.
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And the follow up:
The toronto2015.org masterminds have pulled a U-turn: they have updated the website's terms and conditions following the publication of our story on Saturday to excise the demand for written permission to link to the site. This is a screenshot of the original text ...
Oh, did we just ruin someone's weekend?