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NY Times Sued Over Linking Practice
Last weekend the big topic around these parts was how much content scraping is too much? Our house band even created a music video to explain the scrape and why it’s all about links and cash. I am all for excerpting when needed while using as little as possible with links to the story source. I will have more on this topic over the next week or so – trying to work through some ideas and concepts.
Elinor Mills at CNET has the lead on a story today out of Massachusetts. Apparently a Massachusetts-based newspaper has had enough and has decided to sue the parent of boston.com, The New York Times Company. Elinor notes, "The links, as seen on Boston.com’s Newton site for instance, lead to the original articles on the GateHouse-owned sites, which display advertising. However the lawsuit claims GateHouse is losing advertising revenue as a result of the linking because readers don’t see the ads on the GateHouse site’s home page."
The newspaper publisher also says the links confuse readers. NY Times spokesperson says this is a common practice used across the Web. I believe this topic will only become hotter as we enter 2009. While it seems that the NY Times may not have been scraping, there’s no doubt that there is big money in scraping.
Update: Duncan Riley has a good look at the case discussed here. He believes it’s more about competition than about the actual linking.
Here’s the full complaint document for download.