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annabanana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 06:37 AM
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Will the "Latest Breaking News" forum become illegal??
There is a lawsuit that will make it a copywrite infringement to post links and excerpts from other news sites...

I hope it gets shot down and shot down LOUD!

http://www.boston.com/business/technology/articles/2009... /

A copyright and trademark infringement lawsuit filed last month against The New York Times Co., owner of The Boston Globe and its Boston.com website, is being watched closely by news organizations, Internet researchers, independent bloggers, and companies that aggregate news online by linking to a variety of news sites.

At the heart of the complaint, lodged by GateHouse Media Inc., which publishes 125 community newspapers in Massachusetts, is the question of whether Internet news providers will be able to continue the practice of posting headlines and lead sentences from stories they link to on other sites. The case has been scheduled for trial in US District Court in Boston as early as Monday.

"This is the first case where these intellectual property issues have come to a head," said David Ardia, director of the Citizen Media Law Project at Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet and Society in Cambridge. "If the judge was to rule for GateHouse on every point, it would have far-reaching implications for the news and information ecosystem that underlies the Web as we know it."

Kelly McBride, ethics group leader at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla., a school for professional journalists, said the case could result in new guidelines for how much, if any, content from one website can be used by another. "This is standard procedure across the Internet now," she said. "Newsrooms adopted the procedure from other practitioners."


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Vickers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 06:40 AM
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1. I love the complete irony of this thread.
Well played, my friend!

:thumbsup:

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Demit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 06:44 AM
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2. What's the irony?
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 06:46 AM
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4. The Boston Globe article contains links to other news sites. Smooth. Real smooth, Boston Globe...
Edited on Sat Jan-24-09 06:46 AM by Deja Q
Smooth like what happens after drinkin' some prune juice...

:spray:





(whoops - corrected typo)
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dorkulon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 06:45 AM
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3. How ridiculous.
A link and lead paragraph is a FREE ADVERTISMENT for another website. Who on earth wouldn't want a link to their site at the NYT?

Even if this lawsuit succeeds, most websites wouldn't have a problem with other sites linking to theirs, and the few who do will suffer for their stupidity.
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 06:47 AM
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6. I suspect it will fail. Bibliographies in written books would be affected as well.
Because entries are copied and cited in the Bibliography section.

There is no functional difference.

Never mind the irony; it's not got a chance.
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Salviati Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:51 AM
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8. Yeah this will go down about as well as "Times Select" did...
If you put up barriers to accessing you online, all that does is make your online presence increasingly irrelevant. The net is all about connections, and anyone who stifles that is simply shooting themselves in the foot.
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Political Heretic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 06:47 AM
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5. 99.99% of for profit websites are going to be more than thrilled for links to their site.
So this lawsuit = teh stoopid
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baldguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 08:05 AM
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7. The MIT prof Abelson destroys this argument the best:
"My view is the reason you put stuff on the Web is so people can link to it,"
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FloridaJudy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 12:01 PM
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9. I think the "fair use" doctrine would cover this
Just as book reviewers are allowed to quote from the book they are reviewing.
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