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Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Assault on the Blogosphere

Redstate keys us into an extremely relevant story to those of us here in the blogosphere. Apparently a Tulsa, OK newspaper, the Tulsa World, has threatened legal action against a local blogger unless he stops linking to and excerpting its articles on his website. Linking and excerpting news stories from other sources is quite obviously the bread and butter of the blogger community. Clearly it is illegal to take another person's material and pass it off as your own. It is also illegal to take another person's material without their permission and use it for personal financial gain. It is hard to believe that the activities dealt with here might constitute copyright infringement, but we will be watching this closely.


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