Name one news service that doesn't depend on other news sources to complete their "independent" story. Journalistic integrity my ass. I'm not sick of Mike's stories, and am quite addicted to his blog. I started reading TechDirt 3 years ago. You're wrong, you'll always be wrong, and the forces at work will bury your silly opinion.
I read all the Google aggregated news and I don't really care who comes up with the story first, because many times the facts change over time.
The Iraq recruits death toll started at 40 then went to 60 over the course of a day. I'm sure that when the professional journalist read the competing headline with a higher number of casualties, they made the change to their own story.
It's natural to make videos with your favorite background music. It's natural to copy and paste some text into an email or on your blog from an interesting article. Is everyone over 40 guilty of infringing because they made cassettes of their favorite tunes? That was natural too. Piss in the wind all you want, you'll never win. Never ever.
Time to sue MPAA and RIAA for making us pay for multiple copies of the same movie? Buy it on Blu-Ray, pay for it again if you want it on your computer, again if you want it on your ipad. Release windows, prices, DRM, no copies, no wonder torrents are popular.
Just the smart ones like yourself should be able to use the internet, right? Anonymous insults are spoken by persons walking by you every day, we should fine them too? No more picking on someone you disagree with, voicing your opinion, you may have to do time or pay crazy fines. Thicken that skin and realize your good name is maintained by your integrity and not by bloggers. It should only be the courts that decide, after a hearing whether the blogger has stepped over the line.