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It's Official: LAT/WP vs Free Republic Settles
LAT/WP vs Free Republic ^ | June 19, 2002 | Jim Robinson

Posted on 06/19/2002 1:54:11 PM PDT by Jim Robinson

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To: soozla
I was trolling the lib websites and some of the clymers "think" this decision effects every article and website out there (not just the WP/LAT). One was keeping track of all full articles posted here.

The WP and LAT don't ever have to worry about me posting articles from their bird cage liners.
651 posted on 06/21/2002 5:43:47 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult
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To: Jim Robinson
Dear JimRob,

As a First Amendment lawyer, I felt strongly that FreeRepublic should have won its case, on several strong grounds that go to the heart of the meaning of the First Amendment. However, it takes deep pockets to be ready to go all the way to the Supreme Court. And given some recent rulings by that Court including two really bad ones yesterday, there is no guarantee of good results if you went that far.

Bottom line: the settlement you outlined is well tolerable to FreeRepublic, so I fully support your decision to go that route.

I do have a suggestion, however, that you may find interesting. I understand that the Washington Post and the L.A. Times are both hypocritical (no surprise there) in that they attacked FreeRepublic for "full-article" posts, but took no action concerning such posts on other websites that agree with the leftist bias of those two newspapers. My suggestion is based on that understanding.

When an article appears in either of those newspapers which FReepers feel should be intellectually tarred and feathered, a Google search should turn up whether the entire article has been posted on SOME OTHER WEBSITE. If so, the entire article should be posted and referenced to the OTHER website. Let the Post and the Times sue the other websites, ad infinatum.

As I understand it, the Consent Decree does not have any effect on the relationships between FreeRepublic and any other websites in the world, except for the two that are operated by those newspapers.

Do you like that suggestion?

Congressman Billybob

Click for latest: "Talking without Speaking -- Hearing without Listening."

652 posted on 06/21/2002 6:25:44 AM PDT by Congressman Billybob
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To: FR_addict
I agree with you on the LA Times/WP -- time to basically halt posting anything that gives those two papers any hits.
653 posted on 06/21/2002 6:27:37 AM PDT by PhiKapMom
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To: Jim Robinson
YYYEEEEAAAAHHHH!
654 posted on 06/21/2002 12:27:03 PM PDT by gracie1
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To: Grampa Dave
John Robinson will be soon allowing us that choice of whom and whose words don't appear on our screen while logged on to Free Republic. I currently use two other forums that allow this ultimate power to each user, and it is great.

So if individual freepers are screened out, what if you WANT to know what it was from John Q. Obnoxious that provoked Jane Z. Friend's comment? You have to cumbersomely reset your filter to see?

655 posted on 06/21/2002 3:07:03 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck
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To: HiTech RedNeck
I don't know, you will have to ask John Rob. In some cases at the two sites I visit with this ability, it is worth the time to go disable the kill program and go back. Most of the time, I say, now, I rember why I blocked this clymer.
656 posted on 06/22/2002 7:08:31 AM PDT by Grampa Dave
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To: Jim Robinson
While this is not entirely a win for FR

Close enough for government work. :-)

This is great news.

657 posted on 06/23/2002 12:24:05 PM PDT by xm177e2
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To: GovernmentShrinker
If something like this could be set up, I think few sites would have any objection to the permanent archiving -- most just want the hits for the few days the articles are accessible on their sites, to show to their advertisers.

Few sites would probably object, but the L.A. Times and Washington Post also want to keep the ability to dump into the memory home any stories they've posted that turn out to be unflattering (i.e. are too quickly exposed as major lies or goofs).

BTW, one reason Jewish World Review's requests for link/excerpt-only posting have generally been respected is that their links generally (if not always) stay valid and the linked stories do not change. By contrast, some other "news" sources routinely try to cover their tracks when they get caught lying.

658 posted on 06/23/2002 7:26:56 PM PDT by supercat
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To: bobbyd
Cool!
659 posted on 06/24/2002 8:52:21 PM PDT by Ciexyz
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To: Jim Robinson
As was said earlier, thanks for fighting the good fight, on behalf of all of us. We all owe you a lot.
660 posted on 06/24/2002 9:12:43 PM PDT by PianoMan
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To: supercat
Few sites would probably object, but the L.A. Times and Washington Post also want to keep the ability to dump into the memory home any stories they've posted that turn out to be unflattering (i.e. are too quickly exposed as major lies or goofs).

I would think the answer to this is to keep a "personal" copy. Then when they get caught in a goof, post the goof with explicit commentary as to what the goof was. This would be unequivocal fair use.

661 posted on 06/25/2002 2:56:50 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck
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To: B Ireland; gonzo
On News/Activism Jun 20 5:14 AM #568 of 661

*** Free Republic agrees to remove all full text copies of any LAT/WP and related publications copyrighted articles from its archives and servers and to destroy all copies of same***

As I said from the beginning - They want our archives!

As mentioned earlier... Thanks for the other 'flags'... I'm away behind on FR... Thanks for the dinner - tomorrow is my birthday [29th]
IR

662 posted on 06/28/2002 4:32:53 PM PDT by B Ireland
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To: Jim Robinson

While numerous positives can be pointed out in this agreement, one comes to mind, the real truth can still be heard contrary to how some MSM likes to portray their "truth". It is a good day.


663 posted on 10/23/2004 7:22:21 AM PDT by tobyhill (The war on terrorism is not for the weak!)
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