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August 13, 2009

A bizarrely belated AY debate in the Brooklyn Eagle, plus Jane Jacobs's 2004 criticism of subsidizing stadiums

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In a bizarre chapter that should be titled, "All your word are belong to us," Norman Oder gives us his reaction when he found out that the Brooklyn Daily Eagle published an entire Atlantic Yards Report post in yesterday's online and print editions.

[T]he Eagle decided to run my full post from June 11, with comments, critiquing an essay by the Eagle's Henrik Krogius. At the bottom of the piece, below a brief response by Krogius, was the notation "sent by Norman Oder."

I didn't send it and, given the two-month gap, whoever did send it must have used Snail Express.... Then, after a couple of phone calls and emails, the Eagle agreed to excise the "sent by" and give me some kind of credit up top, so the piece now looks different. They did not, however, publish the clarification I requested. And the whole thing was in print, as well.

Ironically enough, the Eagle warns readers that "It’s not considered polite to paste the entire story on your blog." I decided not to push it because I borrowed liberally from the Eagle, albeit for a noncommercial site. But the Eagle is a commercial enterprise.

Let's just say the Eagle doesn't quite get the "Internets."


NoLandGrab: Section 17 of the US Copyright law permits "the fair use of a copyrighted work" "for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research," making a distinction between "whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes." Though its editors may not realize it, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle is a commercial publication, while Atlantic Yards Report and NoLandGrab are not.

Posted by lumi at August 13, 2009 5:07 AM