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

Kim Holburn kim at holburn.net
Thu Nov 11 12:29:48 AEDT 2010

On 2010/Nov/11, at 12:00 PM, Stilgherrian wrote:

> On 11/11/2010, at 11:36 AM, Jan Whitaker wrote:
>> I had a project 
>> once where the guy who created the original webpages didn't include 
>> the links, just the text of articles. Well, rather than get him in 
>> trouble with copyright (it was a rather visible site), I suggested we 
>> put the links. I was able to find all of them, despite them not being 
>> 'searchable' from the Age website. It wasn't very hard.
> 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.

There was a US case recently which I can't find a link for just now, where the judge argued that because the information was put on the internet without protection there was an implied license(?) to allow people to copy it.

> Well, there are "fair dealing" provisions, such as for news reporting or academic purposes, but "I linked back" isn't one of them.

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