The ownership and fair use of documents already in a browser’s memory, as well as any client-side code included in that document, is rather untested legal ground. Indications are that the prevailing legal opinion is that users are allowed to view websites (once they’ve been loaded into their browser’s memory) in any way they wish, including manipulating the site’s document model, so long as the underlying code (as visible with a browser’s “View Source” feature) is not modified.
Jeremy Cutler, Missing e creator, on his ongoing legal battles with Tumblr. Missing e, a program that allows Tumblr users to do cool things the platform doesn’t support on its own, is a browser extension that does not interact with the Tumblr API. To shut it down would effectively allow Tumblr to exert control over not just their own intellectual property, but also over how people use their own web browsers.

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