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Sunday, August 08, 2004
You can join the conversation about this on Slashdot. But here is a sum up. Ziff-Davis is suing PocketPCTools.com for Copyright Infringement:
Is this the start of a crack down by large media conglomerates against independent web sites and bloggers? I read a lot of Pundit-Type blogs... I make a vain attempt at being one myself sometimes. How much trouble would we all be in if all these sites followed Ziff-Davis's lead?
The other major question to be pondered here is this. What constitutes fair use? The PocketPCTools notice quotes above goes on to describe what they deem to be fair use. Their definition pretty much matches mine, which is that you can include a reasonable quotation, as long as you give full credit to the original publisher, and only quote a small portion of the story. You can find out more about the Fair Use Doctrine here. It's a fact that fair use has come under severe attack in the last few years, starting with the RIAA's efforts at snuffing out all technology that allows you to transfer music that you own, to different formats for your own enjoyment. I guess this was inevitable.
Update: Well... it looks like Ziff-Davis (and eWeek apparently) are backing down from this substantially saying it was a big misunderstanding:
Let's hope so.
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