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Copyright Holders Challenge Sites That Scrape Content - NYTimes.com

With the Web's advertising engine stalling just as newspapers are under pressure, some publishers are second-guessing their liberal attitude toward free content.

"A lot of news organizations are saying, `We're not willing to accept the tiny fraction of a penny that we get from the page views that these links are sending in,' " said Joshua Benton, the director of the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard. "They think they need to defend their turf more aggressively."

Copyright infringement lawsuits directed at bloggers and other online publishers seem to be on the rise. David Ardia, the director of the Citizen Media Law Project, said his colleagues kept track of 16 such suits in 2007. In 2004 and 2005, it monitored three such suits each year. And newspapers sometimes send cease-and-desist orders to sites that they believe have crossed the line.

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on Mon Mar 2nd, 2009 at 11:58:35 AM EST
it's a sign of desperation. everything became costly and fewer returns. what about turning them into free newspapers (or almost free) - will such strategy yield better results?
by FarEasterner on Tue Mar 3rd, 2009 at 02:49:49 AM EST
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Well subscriber revenue has never covered the cost of print and distribution, So on the surface that appears a positive move to stop sales haemoraging. (One UK national is reported to be down 10% on sales per month for the last six months) however how do you then pay your distribution network, that suddenly become a cost rather than dealing with their own finance?

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Mar 3rd, 2009 at 06:04:33 AM EST
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