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....

Filed Under: blogs, copying, edgar wright, james harding, paywalls, rupert murdoch
Companies: news corp.

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    Griff (profile), 23 Nov 2009 @ 5:20am

    "I'd be honored" ??

    You weren't apparently honored when Lily Allen copied it.

    You give carte blanche permission up front for copiers of your work, then someone copies it, that should be fine.

    Music industry (whether rightly or wrongly) gives no such permission, so it is fair that they bitch when someone copies it without their permission.

    Lily Allen copies yours but bitches about people copying hers, that's not hypocritical.

    Now, Lily Allen makes a mix tape without permission, that IS hypocritical, agreed.

    But your original outpourings seemed to compare her stance on illegal music copying and her use of your article.
    And that seems an unfair comparison.

    In accusing Times of double standard, you say
    "I'm saying it's bad that they said copying is evil AND THEN copied." but surely they are saying that copying WITHOUT PERMISSION is evil, where copying your work would be WITH permission. Not the same at all.

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