If you're a journalist in the trenches, chances are you're too busy and too poor to attend (and your publisher is too poor to send you to) SXSW Interactive, the annual to-do where all the smart, well-funded bastards go to interact with other smart, well-funded bastards who can afford to think for five minutes about how to get us all out of this goddamn mess we're in.
In his curious new response to my previous disembowelings of his columns on copyright, former New York Times executive editor Bill Keller suggests that the Times somehow did not engage in copyright infringement by uploading a pirated PDF of a Real Paper story last week. "I leave to lawyers – if any care to waste the time – to argue whether
making that PDF available crossed any line in the copyright law," he writes.
Et tu: Boston Review content, posted on New York Times servers without permission
[UPDATE] NEW POST: Bill Keller responds [Friday, Feb 10]
Yesterday, I wrote an open letter to former New York Times executive editor Bill Keller, as a response to two smug columns about copyright that he wrote on the same weekend that the Times poached an article from our company's archives.
[UPDATE] NEW POST: Bill Keller? Me again. Here's another article the New York Times pirated [Thursday, Feb 9]
[UPDATE] NEW POST: Joe Nocera responds, Booth article republished legally [Wednesday, Feb 15]
Bill Keller: I heard you like copyright.
The Boston Globe's long-awaited paywall is here! Aren't you super-psyched about forking over $3.99 a week to read Boston Globe journalism? Good, because Marty says you're not allowed to read online for free anymore. However: if you'll allow the Globe to hand-deliver its four-pound doorstop of a Sunday print publication to your residence, the price of accessing the new BostonGlobe.
In an email today to publishers including the Boston Phoenix, Google told partners in its News Archive project that it would cease accepting, scanning, and indexing microfilm and other archival material from newspapers, and was instead focusing its energies on "newer projects that help the industry, such as Google One Pass,
a platform that enables publishers to sell content and subscriptions directly
from their own sites."
NECN/Hearst hearthrob Philip Balboni's Boston-based online-journalism site GLOBAL POST has been making its bones by covering serious international news for a worldwide, English-speaking audience -- they just landed a partnership with PBS's austere News Hour with Jim Lehrer -- but some things about international reporting never change.