[LINK] Shirky: Murdoch's Times paywall is pretty much like all the other paywalls

Jan Whitaker jwhit at melbpc.org.au
Thu Nov 11 12:10:17 AEDT 2010

At 12:00 PM 11/11/2010, Stilgherrian wrote:
>That's an intriguing interpretation of copyright law. Reproducing 
>someone else's text is a breach of their copyright, whether or not 
>you link back to their original.
>Well, there are "fair dealing" provisions, such as for news 
>reporting or academic purposes, but "I linked back" isn't one of them.

Perhaps there is a misunderstanding. I don't think links are 
copyrighted, are they? If only the link and the title was included, 
instead of a reproduction of the article, I don't believe it was a 
breach. The link could have been there from the time the article was 
originally published. That they didn't change those links would mean 
to me that they are still accessible and useable.

What I did was take down the offending text and put a URL in its stead.


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