09ASTANA231, KAZAKHSTAN: REQUEST FOR GUIDANCE – WHAT WEB LINKS ARE

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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
09ASTANA231 2009-02-09 01:44 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Astana

VZCZCXRO5925
RR RUEHAG RUEHAST RUEHBI RUEHCI RUEHDA RUEHDF RUEHFL RUEHIK RUEHKW
RUEHLA RUEHLH RUEHLN RUEHLZ RUEHNEH RUEHNP RUEHPOD RUEHPW RUEHROV
RUEHSK RUEHSR RUEHVK RUEHYG
DE RUEHTA #0231 0400144
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 090144Z FEB 09
FM AMEMBASSY ASTANA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 4559
INFO RUCNCIS/CIS COLLECTIVE 1146
RUCNCLS/SOUTH AND CENTRAL ASIA COLLECTIVE
RUEHZL/EUROPEAN POLITICAL COLLECTIVE
RUEHBJ/AMEMBASSY BEIJING 0543
RUEHKO/AMEMBASSY TOKYO 1249
RUEHUL/AMEMBASSY SEOUL 0269
RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK 2142
RUEHNO/USMISSION USNATO 2470
RUEAIIA/CIA WASHDC
RHEFAAA/DIA WASHDC
RHEHNSC/NSC WASHDC 0720
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHDC 0636
RUEKJCS/JOINT STAFF WASHDC
RHMFIUU/CDR USCENTCOM MACDILL AFB FL

UNCLAS ASTANA 000231 
 
SENSITIVE 
SIPDIS 
 
STATE FOR R, L, IIP, SCA/CEN, SCA/PPD 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: PREL KPAO KIPR KZ
SUBJECT:  KAZAKHSTAN:  REQUEST FOR GUIDANCE - WHAT WEB LINKS ARE 
PERMITTED FOR EMBASSY WEB SITES? 
 
1.  (U) Sensitive but unclassified.  Not for public Internet. 
 
2.  (U) This is an action request.  Please see para six below. 
 
3.  (SBU) Embassy Astana noticed that a recent article in "The 
Washington Post" was an excellent expression of the Obama 
Administration's traditional family and community values that would 
communicate especially effectively with our audience in Kazakhstan 
that values extended families:  "From the Second City, An Extended 
Family:  Obama's Mother-in-Law, Other Chicagoans Bring Home to the 
White House," Eli Saslow, "The Washington Post," 02-01-09. 
 
4.  (SBU) The Ambassador asked that it be linked to the Embassy's 
public web site to demonstrate common U.S.-Kazakhstan values.  This 
led to an internal Embassy debate, with the Public Affairs Officer 
arguing that Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) considerations 
preclude such a link to U.S.-government web sites of specific 
articles from media (and other, e.g., think-tank) web sites, without 
explicit permission, and so it would be better to err on the side of 
caution.  Some pointed out that such e-linkage is now widely 
accepted common practice by bloggers, especially, and by other 
commercial and non-commercial web sites (except for links to those 
media web sites that financially charge access to full texts of 
articles).  (NOTE:  See especially http://drudgereport.com and 
http://huffingtonpost.com -- simply to give two examples on the 
political spectrum.  END NOTE.)  Others continued to suggest that 
IPR considerations preclude such across-the-board links without 
explicit, case-by-case permission.  And so, we queried IIP by e-mail 
for guidance. 
 
5.  (SBU) The reply we received was almost word-for-word the same 
guidance that has been issued for 20 and more years, when we were 
still in the hard-copy age before the Internet age -- that IIP is 
prepared to seek copyright permission for distribution of specific 
articles, upon request by Embassies, on a case-by-case basis.  With 
all due respect, this makes no sense in the electronic age.  "The 
New York Times" recently started posting a header above all of its 
articles available on the Internet (print version) that informs 
readers, in part, "This copy is for your personal, noncommercial use 
only."  We would note that Embassy web sites are noncommercial. 
 
6.  (SBU) ACTION REQUEST:  Because we are in the immediate 24/7 
media age, not the print-copy age of previous generations, and to 
achieve timely distribution, we ask that R, IIP, and L develop 
guidance for Embassies world-wide on the question of linking to 
their public web sites the electronic version of specific articles 
that advance U.S. policy goals and demonstrate U.S. values.  We also 
invite other Posts to weigh in with their views and experiences. 
 
HOAGLAND

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