Do we need permissions to retweet hot news?

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That’s still debatable though. Both side have their own reasons and arguments –and do make sense, too. For the time being, please simply rewrite the headline before tweeting it. Yeah, use your own words and always keep an eye on this debate…

When an aggregator like Google News publishes newspaper headlines, is the company treading on thin ice? What about aggregators that publish headlines and a one-line excerpt? What about those that simply rewrite the facts contained in the story and publish a new account in their own words?

Newspapers have long objected to these practices, arguing that they dilute the value of their own work…

The argument here is about copyright law, since the sites in questions are reproducing verbatim headlines and leads. The key defense would be “fair use,” though it’s not clear exactly where it’s limits would be.

But think about our third question above, the one involving rewrites. These don’t implicate copyright law, since nothing is being copied excepts the facts from the original article—and copyright law famously does not extend to facts and ideas.

[via Ars Technica]

2 COMMENTS

  1. This is another case of journalists having NO IDEA how copyright works. Copyright does NOT subsist in news headlines. Copyright subsists in artistic works. Think novels, paintings — things that actually have value and creativity. As for the news item itself, so long as it is not copied, then there is no problem. Mimicry is not copyright infringement. Rewrite away. You are not breaking any laws. In fact, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE rewrite, because journalism can only get better this way.

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