Irony Vigilante Bill Keller: NYT copyright infringement was "illustrative uploading"

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15 Responses to “Irony Vigilante Bill Keller: NYT copyright infringement was "illustrative uploading"”

  1. Jake0748 says:

    Irony vigilante is vigilant. 

  2. Warren_Terra says:

    The sneering “alt-weekly” really is a nice touch: that sort of publication is obviously undeserving of consideration, let alone of rights. I’ll bet that the New York Times quite zealously protects its rights regarding articles it published 36 years ago. If I were to, for example, rip off their  coverage of Jimmy Carter’s inauguration and post it in whole on a site with traffic like theirs, I’ll bet I’d hear from them soon enough.

    And is it even otherwise unavailable? Is it, for example, available (for a fee) through Lexis/Nexis from your own home, or by visiting the Boston Public Library? Because if the former – and Nexis is older than the article, although I don’t know if it included the publication in question – what’s the difference compared to  the New York Times‘s online archives, which are also available for a price?

  3. Robotech_Master says:

    A really funny thing is that, though Keller claims they took the article down when the Phoenix complained, they actually didn’t. They removed the links to it from the NY Times articles, but if you type in the URL illustrated in the screen capture in the Phoenix editorial, you’ll find the actual PDF is still there on the server. (At least at the time I’m writing this. If others have noticed, it may be gone by tomorrow.)

  4. goldenearth says:

    There’s a lack of ethics in all of this, but there’s no lack of irony!

  5. SedanChair says:

    That’s great, a backhanded comment about alt-weeklies. You’re great, Bill Keller.

  6. Aleknevicus says:

    The message from Big Media is remarkably consistent:

    “Copyright infringement is bad… except when we do it.”

  7. “illustrative uploader”, ah, hard to keep up with media slang for “pirate” sometimes. C’mon everyone, give Bill Keller a hearty arrrrrrrr!

  8. Douglas Rushkoff says:

    One of us! One of us! 

  9. t3kna2007 says:

    “[...] I’d be tempted to propose a law keeping irony out of the hands of the clueless.”

    Fortunately for you, Mr. Keller, there is no such law.  Nor is there a law against starting an argument with a rhetorical thrust that you disavow even as you’re making it, nor against wrapping yourself in the flag of free speech while supporting a policy that suppresses it, or you’d be in trouble over those too.

    We get that you have contempt for our beliefs.  That’s why it’s a fight.

    Your position in leadership of a media giant disqualifies you from commenting objectively.

  10. Halloween Jack says:

     Keller really does come off as kind of a tool. You have to read his column on why Hillary Clinton should replace Biden as Obama’s running mate to grasp the full depth of his delusions.

  11. Paul Renault says:

    Is this the same Bill Keller who is stabbing Julian Assange and Wikileaks in the back, after using material that WL gave them?

    (Read the The Rolling Stone interview.)

  12. Joe Simmons says:

    If Keller decides to offer downloads of the original unaltered Star Wars trilogy (younger than 36 year old series that is otherwise unavailable) I’ll forgive him.

  13. Ito Kagehisa says:

    The law should not go after minor transgressions.

    Wow.  Don’t have good laws, have lax enforcement!  That’ll never be abused!

  14. Len Feldman says:

    There’s a word for this: Hypocrite.

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