Posts tagged with Fair Use

The twisted world of online copyright

Copyright has proven to be a thorny subject in the digital era we live in. That's particularly true for traditional media. From record labels to newspapers, the internet has taken a lot of the blame for the woes of media companies that were once dominant. A lot of the time, their woes are connected, directly and indirectly, with internet-based copyright infringement.

To be sure, the internet has raised a lot of copyright-related questions. Where does fair use end and copyright infringement end? Are "hot news" laws a necessity given that bloggers can so easily piggyback on the reporting of major news organizations?

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Should the AP pay Woot $17.50 for a quote?

The founder of Woot, Matt Rutledge, may be a wealthier man following Amazon.com's acquisition of his company, but that isn't stopping him from sending a clear message to the Associated Press: you owe me $17.50. Why does the AP owe Rutledge? According to Rutledge, AP violated his copyright when they included a quote from Rutledge's email to Woot employees in their story about the acquisition.

The quote: "For Woot, our vision remains the same: somehow earning a living on snarky commentary and junk."

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Journalism's challenge: pageview economics

This weekend, the Washington Post's Ian Shapira detailed in a piece entitled "The Death of Journalism (Gawker Edition)" how the triumph he felt when Gawker blogged about a story he wrote turned into anger after his boss asked him why he wasn't angry that his story had been stolen.

After reviewing Gawker's eight-paragraph post, Shapira came to the same conclusion as his boss: he'd been ripped off.

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Lawsuit could have big implications for online publishers

Is copying a headline and the lead sentences from a news story on a third party website you link to fair use or copyright infringement?

That's a question that a Massachusetts court will have to answer in a trial that has been scheduled to begin next week.

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