Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Save the newspapers by killing the web....

A couple of blogs have picked up on a post written by a US Appeals Court judge last week. In essence, the idea is to give news outlets exclusive rights to their stories without allowing linking from other news aggreators (think Drudge or locally our own Newzjunky).

"Expanding copyright law to bar online access to copyrighted materials without the copyright holder's consent, or to bar linking to or paraphrasing copyrighted materials without the copyright holder's consent, might be necessary to keep free riding on content financed by online newspapers from so impairing the incentive to create costly news-gathering operations that news services like Reuters and the Associated Press would become the only professional, nongovernmental sources of news and opinion."

I can't imagine that this would gain traction as the linking horse has left the barn --- what would Twitter, Facebook, etc, be without links? However, some connected media members are also floating the idea of making content "exclusive" for a certain time period (24 hrs for example) before allowing links. This could become a big story if it gets any traction. You can read the entire post here... --- for now, until it becomes illegal to link to other posts :)

I meant to throw up these photos the other day, but it got lost in a pile of housing and jobs data.
I was in the market for a nice 12 foot aluminum boat or maybe a sailfish sailboat until this concept boat caught my eye.
I love the fact that with a 250 ft yacht in the middle of the greatest body of water on the planet, this boat needs a pool on the main deck.
It's a yacht, it's a small country, it's a floating Nike size 42....:)
Just in case 250 fee doesn't quite meet your needs, this 300 foot prototype should fit the bill.
If anyone sees one of these on the River, let me know :)


Anonymous said...

That thing(yacht)is UGLY. I'll stick with my Boston Whaler, thank you!

The Artful Blogger said...

Thanks for the comment. Yes, there is something to be said for the functionality of a Boston Whaler. I can't fathom anyone commissioning a 250ft yacht in this economy but some prop trader a Goldman will probably have a big, big bonus to blow this year :)