Murdoch's The Times Accused Of Blatant Copying, Just As It Tells The World You Should Pay For News

from the oooops dept

Just this week, James Harding, the editor of The Times (of London), a paper owned by Rupert Murdoch, tried to explain why the news is worth paying for, as the paper starts to put up a new business model to get consumers to pay for news. Unfortunately, Harding apparently didn't get the message himself. As pointed out by Mathew Ingram, just days after making the case for paying for news, The Times has been accused of publishing an article that it copied without permission from a blog.

You can't make this stuff up.

Yes, just as Rupert Murdoch is calling aggregators (sites that simply summarize and link to stories) parasites (even as he owns a bunch of aggregators himself), one of his papers didn't aggregate, it flat out copied, without permission, a blog post that was written by Edgar Wright as a tribute to Edward Woodward, who recently passed away. The Times eventually put up a "clarification" online that had a link to the original site, but that hardly explains the original copying -- especially during the very week that they're trying to convince the world that news should be paid for....

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    TasMot, 20 Nov 2009 @ 9:39am

    To Pay for the News

    Years ago when cable was brand new, you paid for cable and didn't have to deal with all of the commercials. Now you pay for cable and have to deal with commercials. Newspapers seem to want you to "pay" for the opportunity for them to display advertisements to you. I'm not really interested in paying for that opportunity. If I have to pay for it, for the value they seem to think it has, then I shouldn't have to put up with all of the ads. They want to have it both ways don't they? I pay for the news and then they get paid even more to display ads. They can just keep the news to themselves on the other side of that wall.

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