February 15, 2005

Oh, gimme a break

Whatever I think of the blogosphere's excesses in attacking Jeff Gannon (the phony White House correspondent) and Eason Jordan of CNN, I think this behavior by a Tulsa newspaper is outrageous. The paper has sent a "Cease and Desist" letter to a local blogger demanding that he

immediately remove any Tulsa World material from your website, to include unauthorized links to our website, and cease and desist from any further use or dissemination of our copyrighted content.

As far as I know, "fair use" (definition here) allows bloggers, authors, and even songwriters to publish excerpts from copyrighted articles. The Tulsa World's behavior is way outside the lines, and if successful could chill all manner of commentary and criticism. Shame on the paper.

Update: If you're unclear on the Jordan story (as many were, since the media barely covered it until after the fact), here's a good rundown of what happened.

Posted by Linkmeister at February 15, 2005 11:44 AM

The Cockroach Caucus has a hissy fit! Maybe they'll scurry back into the corners now that the light is shining on them.

Posted by: Elayne Riggs at February 15, 2005 04:43 PM