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Aspen Journalism: Refreshing New Media v. Tired Old Media

This happened in April, 2009:

The Associated Press and its member newspapers will take legal action against Web sites that use newspaper articles without legal permission, the group said on Monday, in a clear shot at aggregators like Google.


Last June, AP threatened to sue bloggers for copying their content (see “AP Fair Use Guidelines” and “Wire Service Theft for some backstory).  They ultimately thought the better of it, partly as a result of mediation by the Media Bloggers Association but the basic question — what constitutes “Fair Use” in matters of breaking news — was never really resolved.  Further, as MBA president Bob Cox notes, one can be right on the legal merits, win in court, and still go bankrupt defending yourself.


This issue with the AP is still up in the air so I stay the hell away from linking to their stuff which is so dumb on their part.  If I copy a photo or some of their text, and give them credit, isn’t that good for them?  I think so.  It’s called publicity, small as my blog is.

That said, I love, love, love this much more modern approach to linking from AspenJournalism:

AspenJournalism re open accessGot that?

Editor’s note: These photos are available for distribution across all platforms with credit given to Brent Gardner-Smith/Aspen Journalism. Brent’s at and 970/948-1930.

Short and sweet and as it should be.

Journalism is supposed to be about getting the word out.  It isn’t meant to be “owned” (here’s looking at you AP).


P.S.  Thanks to AspenJournalism for giving me the freedom and peace of mind to post this.

January 5, 2014 at 8:35 PM Leave a comment

Obama in a Bubble

My Tweet of the Day on a day when it is revealed that Barack Obama spies on more people than any president, ever, in the history of the United States:

Tweet of the Day 6-6-13Who is this guy?

June 6, 2013 at 7:53 PM 1 comment

Rum and Coke Newsletter

I wish I had the money to hire someone to take over for me when I want to sit down at the end of the day, take my head off, set it down and have a rum and coke, but I don’t.  So here’s my end of the day, rum and coke, things you’ve got to see and know newsletter:

•••  Alex Castellanos Denies ‘War on Women’ by Being a Misogynistic Jerk

Watch Romney’s point man — the guy who’s was sent out to put the ahem, lie to the Republican war on women — treat Rachel Maddow like a child.

•••  Read about how a police chief in Wisconsin begged the state senate not to allow habitual criminals to have gun permits.  The response he got?

“Here’s the phone number of the National Rifle Association lobbyist in Washington, D.C. If it’s O.K. with him, it will be O.K. with us.”

•••  Really important and informative article:  Far Right Conservatives Invent New Language.  Longish but worth it.  This photo included:

(Photo via

•••  The Economist freaks out about the possibility of a Socialist becoming France’s next president.  Monsieur Hollande is “rather dangerous” it says.  Yeah, “dangerous” to the corporatocracy.

•••  Watch a 50-foot puppet emerge from the waters off Liverpool, England and march down the street.  I don’t do it justice.  (Want to get back to that rum and coke.)  It’s amazing.  We think we here in the US pay homage to the Titanic?  This will blow your mind:


More about the “Sea Odyssey Giant Spectacular” here.




April 29, 2012 at 7:56 PM Leave a comment

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