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» Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Batesline threatened by 'Tulsa World'

  Old Media Power vs New Media Power

1:10 pm 02-16-2005  

Tulsa newspaper threatens blogger

Batesline, a conservative blog has recieved a threatening letter to stop using parts or all of the Tulsa World newspater's copyright content and to stop linking (deep linking - links to specific articles).   The Indy-Weblogs community along with Atrios and Dr Laniac have activated to respond to this situation.   Unlike many right-wing fanatics who isolate and try to inhibit our freedom, I feel that I should support Mr Bates in general principle regarding fair use and rights to internet linking.   It is also steeped in the first amendment rights of free speech and a free press.   The power of the 'Old Media' is being challenged by bloggers and they don't like it.   Tough!   That is the reality of the 21st century.   Bloggers are here to stay and have accepted the new power that we hold to make a difference.
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