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Permission to link to the state of Tennessee Web site is not required, but such links may not capture TN.gov pages within the site owner's frames, present TN.gov content as that of the site owner, misrepresent TN.gov's content, or misinform users about the origin or ownership of TN.gov's content.

Site owners should not link directly to individual TN.gov graphics, especially in an effort to place the downloading burden on the TN.gov servers. Such an action may be considered a misuse of state resources. Site owners should contact the appropriate state agency to request permission to use a copy of the graphic within the site owner's pages.

The information posted on a TN.gov Web site may be copied so long as it is presented in a non-misleading way and does not imply that either the site owner or the information, as it is presented on the site owner's Web site, is endorsed by the State. Use of the information must identify the state agency that is the source of the information, and the agency's Web address.

Links from TN.gov to Other Web Sites

In the course of providing the best service to the public, the state of Tennessee may provide links to content not controlled by the State of Tennessee. In such cases, the link must meet one of the following criteria:

  1. Link leads to a site owned by the federal government, a state government, or a local government. The extension of the URL (e.g., .org, .com) does not preclude a site from being linked to as long as the site is under the ownership of one of the above entities.
  2. Link leads to a non-profit or non-partisan organization. The extension of the URL (e.g., .org, .com) does not preclude a site from being linked to as long as the site is under the ownership of the approved entity.
  3. Link leads to additional information about government services.
  4. Link leads to a Web site owned by an entity that has a contractual relationship with the state of Tennessee.

No endorsement is intended or made of any link, product, service, or information either by its inclusion or exclusion from the state of Tennessee Web site. We are not responsible for the content of Web sites not controlled by the State of Tennessee, nor does the State's Privacy Statement apply to external sites. Use of information obtained from such Web sites is voluntary and should be independently verified.