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Can Press “Borrow” From MySpace? (Uh, No)

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Hmmm… since all I saw yesterday on large public screens (today too likely but I’ve yet to turn on Big TV) were pictures and text from Spitzer’s escort’s MySpace page, one wonders what legal shallow end all MSM dived-into so quickly by publishing such content so brazenly? From PDNOnline:

Three attorneys who specialize in copyright law say media organizations are sailing in dangerous waters if they publish a personal snapshot without permission.

“Whoever took that picture owns that picture,” says New York attorney Nancy Wolff. “It’s either an infringement or they [the news outlets] have to make a fair use argument.”

One must assume The Press surely went for the “fair use” option in the case of duping MySpace pics. But one surely must wonder what the courts ‘o law would say in the matter, should there be subsequent legal action taken?

I linked back only to a NYTimes article about the escort when I blogged it, so I’m safe. In other words, I didn’t broadcast around to the planet any pictures stolen from someone else’s MySpace without permission.

Bloggers likely know far more (legal) publishing tricks than MSM nowadays, given all their hard-earned experience in the online milieu. Offline people who think bloggers have just been diddling themselves in cyberspace and merely writing about cute kids and posting pictures of our dogs during, say, a three-year (or plenty more for some) full online immersion just crack me the f up!

Spitzer’s Escort Outed By NYT

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They’ll be hollerin’ to shut-down MySpace now. From the NYT today:

On her MySpace page, Ms. Dupre writes of her “odyssey to New York from New Jersey through North Carolina, Miami, D.C., Virginia and Austin, Texas;” public records show that she lived in Belmar, N.J., in 2001, and in North Carolina in 2003. She owns a company, created in 2005, called Pasche New York, which her lawyer said was an entertainment business designed to further her singing career.

Music is her first love, and on the MySpace page, Ms. Dupre mentions Patsy Cline, Frank Sinatra, Christina Aguilera and Lauryn Hill among a long list of influences, including her brother, Kyle. (She also lists Madonna, Mary J. Blige and Amy Winehouse as her top MySpace friends.) In the interview, she said she saw the Rolling Stones perform at Radio City Music Hall on their last tour after a friend gave her two of tickets. “They were amazing,” she said.

Full story here. The NYTimes sure is outpacing the Enquirer lately!