Jonathon W. G. Wills

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Jonathon W. G. Wills, is a Scottish journalist, author, and former editor of The Shetland Times newspaper. He currently runs a seal and bird spotting business in Shetland.


Wills is chiefly famous for his involvement in a notable lawsuit in 1997[1] brought against him as publisher of The Shetland News website.[2] The plaintiff in the case, The Shetland Times, accused Wills' company, Zetnews Ltd., of infringing their copyright by using hyperlinks which bypassed their main webpage. Using so-called "deep linking", Wills bypassed the framework that the Times used to publish news articles on its website, specifically the main page and the interspersed advertisements.

Wills was also the first student Rector of the University of Edinburgh, a position he achieved in 1972.


  1. ^ Shetland Times Ltd. v. ZetNews Ltd. 1997 F.S.R. (Ct. Sess. O.H.), 24 October 1996
  2. ^ Athanasekou, P. E. (1998) "Internet and Copyright: An Introduction to Caching, Linking and Framing (Work in Progress)" The Journal of Information, Law and Technology (JILT) 1998(2): Archived 18 December 2010 at WebCite

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Kenneth Allsop
Rector of the University of Edinburgh
Succeeded by
Gordon Brown