It looks like the New York Times, Apple and the handiwork of some Stanford students, the Pulse News reader, are in the midst of moving around the copyright bar. A bit.

At stake — just how much use can you make of an RSS feed before it becomes a copyright violation? Or is that a nonsequitor, i.e., if you put up an RSS feed will common law emerge that says you are, in effect, granting blanket usage rights to what's in the feed? NYTimes is saying no, apparently, because they have terms of use barring commercial use of their RSS feeds.

See these two accounts, noted by CircLabs' Joe Bergeron and Martin Langeveld:

SEE: http://gigaom.com/2010/06/08/did-the-new-york-times-just-declare-war-on-news-aggregators

AND:
http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2010/06/new-york-times-forces-apple-to-pull-popular-pulse-ipad-newsreader/

Bill Densmore  
 
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