Marshall - 6:46 am on Feb 23, 2012 (gmt 0)
I know sites frames pages and put banner ads up, usually at the top. Earlier, I found one of my ecommerce sites framed with such a banner ad and frankly, got a little angry. Aside from immediately adding a break out of frames script (something I normally put it, but this time forgot, my bad), I did a whois on the site and everything about it is in China. I know, good luck with that. Anyway, my questions are:
a) Ethics aside, what gives them the right to frame a (my or yours) page and how can sites get away with doing that?
b) Is it "technically" a copyright violation given that fact a visitor can still navigate the site, but have the banner ad at the top?
c) What recourse to the problem is there?
I guess there is sort of a fourth question/comment that legal action could be taken since they are profiting from framing your site by having banner ads at the top, but as I said, everything about this particular site is in China and the Chinese government is not well know for enforcing copyright violations.
Regardless of answers to these question, I want to remind everyone that this goes on and it doesn't hurt to put in a break out of frames script as a matter of practice. You might think you are getting an extra referrer, but remember that you have no control over the ads being shown and may get complaints from or lose visitors because of them.