Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Another MSM Nosedive

The Tulsa World, the city's only newspaper, is now asking bloggers to stop infringing on its copyrighted material. The targeted bloggers' sin? Excerpting from articles, and also linking to the paper's online content.

Bates Line, one of the targeted bloggers, has a copy of the letter that he received from the World, as well as analysis, here. Here's an excerpt from the letter:

The Tulsa World copyrights its entire newspaper and specifically each of the articles and/or editorials at issue. The reproduction of any articles and/or editorials (in whole or in part) on your website or linking your website to Tulsa World content is without the permission of the Tulsa World and constitutes an intentional infringement of the Tulsa World's copyright and other rights to the exclusive use and distribution of the copyrighted materials.

Therefore, we hereby demand that you immediately remove any Tulsa World material from your website, to include unauthorizedlinks to our website, and cease and desist from any further use or dissemination of our copyrighted content.

That's right. A corporation is getting angry at people for linking to its website. I only wish I had tons of other blogs linking to me.

But the World? "Mr. Bates is looking at me! Mr. Bates is pointing at me! Make him stop, Big Brother!"

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