With the AP’s new news DRM distribution system and the struggling newspaper industry, NPR and First Amendment lawyer David Marburger discusses the redistribution of the news and the U.S. Copyright Act.
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Josh Cohen, product manager for Google News, talks to presenter Jeff Jarvis about the complaints by Associated Press - among others - about the copyright issues raised by the search engine’s links to online news content. AP has caused controversy by appearing to claim it should be paid for links to its headlines.
Cohen’s comments and AP’s position are analysed by this month’s panelists: former editor and publisher of the now-defunct Rocky Mountain News John Temple, and NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik.
They also discuss the leak of secret Twitter documents to TechCrunch, and whether they should have been published. Plus the debate about whether news organisations should go not-for-profit.
Copyright laws are declared to be the underpinnings of creativity, innovation, the knowledge economy, and everything short of curing the sick and feeding the poor. Can copyright laws do all these wonderful things, or are they, in Ian Hargreaves’ words, the result of lobbynomics?
William Patry is senior copyright counsel at Google Inc. He has written far too much about copyright law, including his new book How to Fix Copyright Law and so now spends his time playing bass clarinet.