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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Jane Hamsher, "Digg: 'Fair use' or stealing content?" Firedoglake, April 20, 2009.

[In Canada, it's called "fair dealing," and is defined more closely than used to be the case under US law. Now that the US has the DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998), this sort of thing is up for grabs though the intent of the act appears to be to leave "fair use" intact. -jlt]

I was trying to figure out why Marcy's very important post on KSM being waterboarded 183 times in one month went nuclear on Digg, but she wasn't seeing any traffic from it on her site. Turns out there's a reason:

Digg takes the entire post, 100% of it, and all the comments, and puts it under their own banner. Even if you comment on Marcy's post, you stay on Digg.

  There's a lot of controversy right now about aggregation -- some websites claiming, with varying degrees of legitimacy, that if they take the first two paragraphs of an AP or a NYT article and then link through to the rest, that it's "fair use."

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