I wanted to give readers a quick update on where things
currently stand with CMP and Linux Today.
Earlier this morning, I sent Bob Evans, Editor-in-Chief and Sr.
VP of CMP, an e-mail detailing my concerns regarding the block
placed on Linux Today's referred links to Information Week.
I was soon sent a reply by Mike Azzara, VP/Group Director of
Internet Business at CMP, who was responsible for the decision to
implement the block. In his reply, Azzara expressed concerns over
the amount of material Linux Today had excerpted in recent links to
the Information Week Web site, which in his opinion exceeded the
standards of fair use. This opinion was shared by Evans, who
replied to me later in the day in a separate note.
The problem with fair use is that there is no set standard.
There's no percentage or absolute marker that says "Here There Be
Copyright Infringement." It's a judgment call, pure and simple. My
personal definition of fair use and CMP's management's definition
differs right now, unfortunately.
I am pleased to report that after initial dialogue, our
definitions of fair use should get closer together, and I believe a
satisfactory solution for both sides can be worked out. I will keep
you posted on this, as promised.
I also think it's fair to say that both I and CMP were more than
a little surprised by the level of attention this has gotten from
the community. While I will never regret keeping readers informed
of site policy decisions, I will clarify this: it was not my
intention to make CMP out to be the villans in my editorial on
Friday. My main purpose was to sort out for readers what was going
on, since a block like this had not been seen in LT links before,
and to express concern that no contact had been made between our
two companies before the block was put up.
CMP was trying their best to protect their copyrighted material,
and that is a goal I personally and professionally share with any
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