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February 15, 2005

The Legacy Media Is Mad As Hell and They're Not Going to Take It Anymore

Michelle Malkin reports that Bertrand Pecquerie (who?!? exactly) says that bloggers are "the sons of McCarthy." And he doesn't mean Charlie.

Meanwhile, this just pisses me off. The Tulsa World has sent letters threatening dubious legal action against Oklahoma bloggers for printing excerpts of their stories.

Now, okay, we know there's this vague "fair use" doctrine, and sometimes the writer of the story has a different idea of what constitutes "fair use" than the excerpter/quoter/blogger does. That's an age old fight.

But get this:

The Tulsa World is also demanding -- on pain of "legal action" -- that these bloggers stop linking copyrighted Tulsa World content.

Get that? Links are now some sort of copyright infringement.

Bloggers: It's coming, so get ready for it. Start trimming down the articles you cite and try paraphrasing more. Err on the cautious side of the fair use doctrine.

Because the next phase in this battle is nonstop legal harassment.

They've had a monopoly for 50 years and they're not giving it up without a fight... or at least without calling in their lawyers.

A Primer on Fair Use: from our good friends at Nerf-Coated World.

Worth reading.

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