In the final days of a failing model, old media made one last futile attempt to save its fading way of life by trying to expand copyright law to exclude fair use and linking. Just this morning, my DaniWeb colleague, Sharon Fisher wrote a post called [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry4479.html"]This Blog Post Could Be Illegal[/URL]. Seems Richard Posner, a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago has written a [URL="http://www.becker-posner-blog.com/archives/2009/06/the_future_of_n.html"]blog post[/URL] of his own (note the irony here) that copyright should be expanded to bar access to any copyrighted material without the copyright holders express consent …

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[I]Video killed the radio star. Pictures came and broke your heart. ~Buggles, Video Killed the Radio Star[/I] It turns out the old song was wrong. Video didn't kill the radio star and the internet didn't kill the newspaper industry. It was a failure to embrace new technology, to believe they could continue to do things the old way while the world changed, a steadfast refusal to understand the new ways of doing business. What happened to the news business was a combination of myopia and intransigence, a complete lack of vision and leadership and buying into to the whole decade …

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The End.