Wading Into the Posner/Hot News/Linking Brouhaha

2 07 2009

Judge Posner started the discussion with this blog post which concludes:

Expanding copyright law to bar online access to copyrighted materials without the copyright holder’s consent, or to bar linking to or paraphrasing copyrighted materials without the copyright holder’s consent, might be necessary to keep free riding on content financed by online newspapers from so impairing the incentive to create costly news-gathering operations that news services like Reuters and the Associated Press would become the only professional, nongovernmental sources of news and opinion.

TechDirt criticized the conclusion
, as did Jeff Jarvis.

Then Cleveland Plain Dealer columnist Connie Schultz, wrote “Tighter Copyright Law Could Save Newspapers,” proposing a 24 hour window of ‘hot news exclusivity,’ which Jarvis critiqued and Schultz responded.


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