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New York Times Hypocrisy on Copyright Infringement

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 9:07 am

The New York Times‘s Opinionator blog directly quotes all nine paragraphs of Justin Levine’s post on the National Enquirer.

I count 232 words lifted from the body of the post. That’s the entire post.

This paper is happy to terrorize bloggers for things that aren’t even infringement. Remember, this is the same paper that alleged copyright infringement by Robert Cox when he did a parody of the paper’s corrections page to mock them for failing to correct errors in columns.

I know Justin doesn’t care about the New York Times‘s blatant infringement, and in this case, neither do I.

Just file it away under “Rules for Thee but Not for Me.”

21 Responses to “New York Times Hypocrisy on Copyright Infringement”

  1. It’s good to see the little people know their place and don’t make noisy objections to imaginary slights.

    Ropelight (cb4838)

  2. The NYT has loosened up on the issue since 2004, and now better appreciates the value of its work being discussed in the blogosphere. Remember, the NYT locked up its precious commenters behind a pay firewall, only to discover that people didn’t go through MoDo Withdrawal Syndrome. So it ended that experiment.

    Today, it’s the Associated Press which is heads up arse, lifting blogger content without permission, while trying to impose fees on bloggers who use AP’s mostly copycat reporting.

    Bradley J. Fikes (0ea407)

  3. Don’t you know they are “the paper of record?” That means they have to record everything that’s “fit to print.”

    Mike K (155601)

  4. And the reason you “don’t care” is that their reuse of Justin’s piece helps your blog get readers. It’s the way the Internet works.

    The Times and others don’t understand that, apparently, as they insist on applying their dead-tree business model to electronic printing.

    I may disagree with Justin’s radical anti-intellectual-property notions, but I expect he’s chortling as the Times’ makes an unintentional argument for his case.

    Kevin Murphy (0b2493)

  5. Great post … file away for later rebuttals to MSM allegations of copyright violations against bloggers.

    Americaneocon (a45113)

  6. Ummm … I don’t happen to see a copyright notice on the blog. Perhaps that might have factored into the NY Times’ decision? A humble suggestion would be to add a Creative Commons statement of permissible use.

    Kevin Murphy (0b2493)

  7. Cool. The Rocky Mountain News is reporting today that Obama holds dual citizenship, U.S. and Kenya. A small outfit brought that up in early 2007, but the MSM never really discussed it to my knowledge. Obama has always finessed the question. I wonder whether the “serious” press will pick up on it this time?

    daleyrocks (d9ec17)

  8. So did Michael Dukakis. So did Spiro Agnew. All you need is one grandparent who was a citizen of that country and you are its “citizen” whether you like it or not.

    nk (e38352)

  9. Meantime, in other news, a U.S. ally with 2,000 troops in Iraq has been invaded by Russia.

    nk (e38352)

  10. nk – It makes me scared of him.

    daleyrocks (d9ec17)

  11. Kevin, most published works are copyrighted, notice or no. The average joe may not know this, but trust me, the NYT does.

    Xrlq (62cad4)

  12. Correct, Xrlq.

    I don’t need a copyright notice, Kevin Murphy.

    Patterico (c7fe1f)

  13. Once again the NYT shows its arrogant disregard of international law. This is a clear violation of the Berne Convention, baby.

    War crimes trial! Because this is war, and they are losing.

    Besides which, the NYT employs torture, although they choose to call it “Paul Krugman”.

    Glen Wishard (02562c)

  14. a U.S. ally with 2,000 troops in Iraq has been invaded by Russia.

    Not for long. The news guys say the troops are headed home to help on defense as soon as the transportation is in place. This all has a very bad feel to it. Russia seems very eager to return to their glory days as a contentious world power. Tearing up oil contracts, planting flags in the Artic, threatening ngas supplies to Europe and the USSR spin-offs, amongst other hostile words and actions.

    Since the Russians are accusing the US of fomenting the Georgian-South Ossetian issues, looks like the cold war days are back in force.

    allan (7abf83)

  15. Not in a million years will the Cold War era return, Allan – Russia is too interdependent on the rest of the world in order to prop up it’s shaky finances. If not for it’s oil reserves, they’d be veritable outcasts in the world economy. And as for the US, once NATO shows up in Georgia, game over for Putin’s thugs.

    Dmac (874677)

  16. File a DMCA complaint with Google.

    TLB (698f21)

  17. Assuming NATO actually shows.

    Scott Jacobs (d3a6ec)

  18. Good point.

    Dmac (874677)

  19. No comment. Just a smile. 🙂

    Justin Levine (b85239)

  20. Their schedule says that that would be $50. Bill them for that, and some large amount for not notifying you.

    htom (412a17)

  21. Big fish says to little fish, “Do as I say, not as I do.” S.O.P.


    R.I.P. Bernie Mac

    Icy Truth (a7ead4)

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