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Since Communication & Mass Media Complete, Communication Abstracts, and Film & Television Literature Index are all now available through the EBSCO platform, as well as many more databases across various disciplines, this feature is becoming increasingly useful.
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Full report available from SSRN
The Berkman Center for Internet & Society have released a report by Kimberley Isbell titled, “The Rise of the News Aggregator: Legal Implications and Best Practices.” The full report is available for download from SSRN.
During the past decade, the Internet has become an important news source for the majority of Americans. According to a study conducted by the Pew Internet and American Life Project, as of January 2010, nearly 61% of Americans got at least some of their news online in a typical day. This increased reliance on the Internet as a source of news has coincided with declining profits in the traditional media and the shuttering of newsrooms in communities across the country. Some commentators look at this confluence of events and assert that, in this case, correlation equals causation – the Internet is harming the news business.
One explanation for the decline of the traditional media that some, including News Corporation owner Rupert Murdoch and Associated Press Chairman Dean Singleton, have seized upon is the rise of the news aggregator. According to this theory, news aggregators from Google News to The Huffington Post are free-riding, reselling and profiting from the factual information gathered by traditional media organizations at great cost. Murdoch has gone so far as to call Google’s aggregation and display of newspaper headlines and ledes “theft.” As the traditional media are quick to point out, the legality of a business model built around the monetization of third-party content isn’t merely an academic question – it’s big business. Revenues generated from online advertising totaled $23.4 billion in 2008 alone.
But for all of the heated rhetoric blaming news aggregators for the decline of journalism, many are still left asking the question: are news aggregators violating current law?
This white paper attempts to answer that question by examining the hot news misappropriation and copyright infringement claims that are often asserted against aggregators, and to provide news aggregators with some “best practices” for making use of third-party content.
Choose One-Click Download to download a PDF of the full report.
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The Communication Abstracts database, formerly on CSA, is now hosted on the EBSCO platform. You can now search Communication & Mass Media Complete simultaneously with Communication Abstracts. Near the top center, click Choose Databases. A list of all the databases Falvey subscribes to will appear. Check off the ones you would like to search. (more…)
This new Falvey Library Blog is dedicated to library news of special interest to Communication faculty and students. Check in regularly to find out about new books, library events, changes to resources, database trials, and other news.
For those of you I have not met, my name is Kristyna Carroll, and I am the new Communication liaison at the library. I started at Falvey in April, and as a Villanova alum, am excited to be back on campus! Although I will be the primary librarian, Linda Hauck remains part of the team that provides services to the Communication Department. To read a little more about my background, check out this post in the Library News blog.
Although I have already had the pleasure of meeting several faculty members, I look forward to working with many more of you. And, since this is my first semester on campus, I am very excited for the students to arrive! (more…)