Thursday, 28 February 2008

Question Regarding Copyright

I just noticed this. I don't know about you, but this is the first time I've noticed this...

Copyright 2008 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Does that mean the sites like Digg, Reddit etc are technically no longer allowed to do what they do, or is it only for people who earn money off their blog for posting the Associated Press' news?
Digg makes money too right, doesn't this mean that it's all illegal?

If I am sounding like a dunderhead to you or if you know exactly what is right and wrong AND if you have your own opinion on the matter, like, "The Associated Press are just jealous and are news hogs!" (Wow, what a lamewad!) then let's hear it...see it... TYPE IT!

Caitlin xox

Digg it


sdddlt said...

Searching on google for "All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed." brings up 1,950,000 results. So this is pretty much a standard phrase.

Now I want my digg thingy back :P

Ray said...

I think it just means you can't copy their material verbatim and publish it as your own for commercial use. So I think you are right about not being able to profit from their work.

Doesn't digg work like a search engine and only provides links?

I'll email and ask my sister, she is an attorney. But don't think it's her area of expertise.

Mongrel Salt said...

Hey Miss Dunderhead of the Netz

I fairly sure Digg is legal - it's pretty much just an index like google - each item still links back to the original.

Although they're making money, they're not making money by taking associated press stories and publishing them on their site, I assume it's just from advertising.

If you want to find out more on copyright, google 'fair use' - it basically outlines what you can and can't do with copyrighted material.

I don't know if this comment has helped, it's certainly the most boring comment I've ever typed.


Ray said...

She basically said something similar to what "mongrel salt" said. You can use parts of it if not profiting from it--"fair use".

But, if profiting from it she wasn't too sure about the details.

She just said if it's copyrighted and in doubt, don't use it.

Chris in the Studio said...

Its a very interesting topic. copywrights, licensing,
distribution, redistribution, its still all so very new that it is still being worked out and argued about as far as the internet is concerned.
You can bet that whenever money is involved it will eventually end up in the courts. Really its like anarchy right now, don't you love it. ha ha

Anonymous said...

You have actually struck upon something that has been a big battle for some time now. In some cases, news sources have tried to keep any other sites from linking to their material at all. Foolish, as the internet is so largely based on clicking links. Others have said that linking to their main page is ok, but "deep linking" directly to a story for example, is not. This is because incoming clicks bypass the main page of a site, and any adds on that page.
These days, however, I think any smart website owner welcomes the surge in traffic that Digg, and other such sites can bring. In the end, as it stands for now, you can link to anything you wish, but you may not take it, repost it, and claim it as your own. The exact rules are still being worked out as new cases make it to court and new rulings are made.

Mongrel Salt said...

After reading everyone's comments I did a bit more research and found this helpful article: which explains the crazy ruling made by a Danish court in 2002 regarding 'deep linking'. There are a few other helpful sites at the end of the article. Personally I think any site challenging this 'deep linking' is rather pathetic and perhaps ALL links to their website should be removed from the whole world wide internetz. Really gets my goat it does.

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