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And that’s the way it was: April 30, 1993

“WorldWideWeb” software enters the public domain

In 1993, computer users all over the world were still working out how best to share information over the Internet.... More

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Google vs Brazil

Why Brazil heads up Google’s list of takedown requests

In 2009, Google started releasing some basic information twice a year about the takedown requests it receives from governments around... More

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Making Internet politics personal

Activists put a face on acronyms like SOPA, PIPA, and CFAA

If you start looking for images to illustrate the fight last year over the Stop Online Piracy Act and the... More

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Privacy and the right to know

Does the fact that information is publicly available mean news outlets should use it?

At the Deadline Club's panel on privacy and the right to know on Tuesday, the discussion began with guns and... More

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Copyright’s new ‘new law’

Maria Pallante’s vision for copyright reform

In the world that Maria Pallante, the US Register of Copyrights, inhabits, people sometimes call the Copyright Act of 1976... More

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Pity the nutgraf

The AP’s argument that ledes are the heart of its stories helped win a copyright case

When a reporter writes a story, what is the heart of the work? Is it this paragraph--the lede? This isn't... More

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How hard should it be for the government to read your email?

Harder than it is right now

In 1986, it would have been strange to keep an email for longer than six months. First of all, not... More

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You buy it, you own it

The Supreme Court rules it’s legal to resell here a copyrighted item from abroad

Supap Kirtsaeng came to the United States from Thailand in 1997 to study at Cornell University and, later, earned his... More

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The trouble with Aaron’s Law

The proposed law honoring the legacy of Aaron Swartz is trying to be too many things to too many people

On Friday, the American Library Association honored Aaron Swartz, the young Internet activist who committed suicide in January, with its... More

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And that’s the way it was: March 7, 1994

The Supreme Court rules that parody is protected under fair use

On this day 19 years ago, the Supreme Court ruled that "Pretty Woman"--2 Live Crew's parody of the classic "Oh,... More

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The new copyright alert system is running

And here’s what will happen if you run up against it

This week, after years of negotiating and planning, five of the largest Internet service providers in the country, in partnership... More

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Protecting private information online

The intersection between cyber security and intellectual property

On Friday, Facebook revealed that it had been attacked. Company employees had visited a website that had infected their computer... More

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Use of private emails for public work sparks FOIA battle

The Santa Fe Reporter is using leaked emails to test the state’s FOI compliance

In June of 2012, the political press corps in New Mexico acquired a batch of interesting emails written by some... More

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Copyright knights or copyright trolls?

Rulings on a couple Righthaven appeals could have a far-reaching effect on fair use

In 2010 and 2011, Righthaven, a Nevada company that once described itself as "the nation's pre-eminent copyright enforcer," sued hundreds... More

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I am a journalist; ask me anything

Media figures are flocking to Reddit to converse with fans

On Wednesday, Chris Anderson, the ex-EIC of Wired, went on Reddit and told users to ask him anything. On Monday,... More

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks

Des Moines Register prepares for a ‘very stressful’ newsroom restructuring - Editor Amalie Nash speaks on turnover, transformation, and a virtual reality adventure

PBS pulls ads from Harper’s Magazine after critical essay - Piece argues public broadcaster has fallen under the sway of political influence and outside money

Should all journalists be on Twitter? - Reasons to take up or forgo the 140-character platform

The Tennessean is borrowing reporters from other Gannett papers - Music columnist Peter Cooper is latest journalist to part ways with Nashville paper


How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

Fake news sites using Facebook to spread Ebola panic (The Verge)

“These sites claim to be satirical but lack even incompetent attempts at anything resembling humor”

How Ben Bradlee dealt with flacks (Washington Post)

“I would like to be sure that you understand that we trust our editors’ news judgement and that we distrust yours”

Ben Bradlee, 93 (WaPo)

“From the moment he took over The Post newsroom in 1965, Mr. Bradlee sought to create an important newspaper that would go far beyond the traditional model of a metropolitan daily”

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