Friday, July 24, 2009

Idea for protecting newspapers draws national spotlight, bloggers' ire

The brothers' idea is to restore protections once held by newspapers against competitors appropriating, and profiting from, stories produced at great expense.

Their 62-page thesis recommends lifting the copyright law's ban on unfair competition rights and requiring that competitors -- labeled as "parasitic aggregators" -- either pay for the use of newspaper stories or link to the papers' own Web sites. Violators could then be sued.

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