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Monday, June 29, 2009

Saving newspapers

Posted By on Mon, Jun 29, 2009 at 10:25 AM

Two different sources are writing about ways to protect newspapers from news aggregators that round up their work and either link or publish parts of it free on the web.

Here, legal bloggers suggest a change in copyright law to bar online access to copyrighted materials without the copyright holder's consent, or to bar linking to or paraphrasing copyrighted materials without the copyright holder's consent.

A similar idea springs up in this Cleveland newspaper column. David Marburger, a newspaper lawyer, and his brother, Daniel Marburger, who teaches economics at Arkansas State University suggests a change in copyright law that would bar use of web content for 24 hours after it was posted and require aggregators to pay a share of their revenue to originators of material.

However you slice it, these ideas would produce a situation in which newspapers would attempt to assert a copyright to news. I think that will be a tough legal sell. A tough sell, too, would be the notion of debilitating a vast chunk of the blogosphere by ending links to media. For one thing, the linking builds traffic that supports ad revenue.

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