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Wed., March 3, 2010, 11:26 a.m.

Adam Strikes Back @ Statesman Rule

However, the Statesman is trying to impose extra-legal restrictions on the use of their content to restrict the same bloggers whose work the Statesman without permission for nearly two years.  Folks like me and Dennis Mansfield shouldn’t have to worry about whether we can link a Statesman article after they took the fruits of our intellectual labor for free. However, I intend to honor the Statesman’s request. If I find an article of interest on the Statesman, I’ll find another article somewhere else and give them the Google Juice the Statesman was getting.  Failing that, I’ll paraphrase the facts of the case without actually quoting the Statesman. Saying, “Police don’t have any clues in the the killing of Robert Manwill.” is not something I can be sued over/Adam Graham, Adam's Blog. More here.

DFO: I enjoy a good dust-up in the local or Idaho blosophere. But I hope cool minds prevail here -- and the Statesman and sundry blogs go back to their previous relationship. Online newspapers need the blogosphere and vice versa. Still, this should provide all of you bloggers and commenters a lesson in proper use of other material. Don't copy material wholesale without permission. And always provide credit and a link so the original source benefits to your post or comment, too.

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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