The Big Blue Daily Mail -- One Week to Kickoff

Next Saturday afternoon, only one week from today, we'll be finding out if Joker Phillips' "Operation Win" will be getting off on the right foot, or suffering a major setback at the hands of a bitter rival.

Now, for the news:

  • " Why we’re not appearing on the KSR radio show John Clay’s Sidelines

    I don't really want to get into this much, but two things come immediately to mind:

    - You should never use photographs for which you do not have the permission of the copyright holder.  KSR should either use photos for which they have permission, Creative Commons photos, or none.  There is almost no such thing as fair use of a photograph.

    - The Herald-Leader loses this argument.  They look incredibly petty, even if they do have a beef with Jones & Co.  The correct thing for them to do was to either decline and shut up, or participate with the price being an agreement that KSR will no longer use photographs from the Herald-Leader without permission, if KSR are still doing so.

    John Clay, Jerry Tipton et. al. have no choice here, but if they did, they might still decline to participate based on a plethora of reasons.  None of those reasons need be public, nor will this petulant whine by the H-L editors be in any way beneficial to either of them.  If they have a case, they know where the courtroom is.

    I'm not couching this in a new media vs. dead tree media argument, because I'm not sure that's what it really boils down to.  But the H-L could use the exposure, "free content" or otherwise.  It is the print media furloughing authors, not the new media, who are getting new gigs like this all the time.  A pistol shot to the right toe comes to mind here.  Unwise in the best of times, which these are definitely not.

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