It seems The National Debate offered “corrections” to NYT op eds, in a format that looked much like the Gray Lady’s own. NYT sent a DMCA takedown demand to TND’s ISP, claiming copyright infringement. As befits a news organization, the Times has conceded that TND had a right to parody their style, so long as it didn’t confuse readers. Interestingly, the underlying complaint actually sounds more in trademark — the NYT didn’t want readers confused about the source of these “corrections,” and trademark law protects against consumer confusion — but NYT, like others we’ve seen, used copyright claims because the DMCA gives quick takedown process. I’m glad to see this resolved in a legally reasonable manner.
March 16, 2004
Starbucks has been in the news for the free music-listening stations it’s rolling out to stores — stop by for a few minutes of selected music with your frappucino, and maybe buy a CD on your way out. Frankly, I like the way shops around Austin have been doing it better, especially around SXSW: Open up your laptop for free WiFi access, choose any music you like from the SXSW playlist or Magnatune and listen all you want while you sip, browse, or work.