Friday, January 30, 2009

Gatehouse and Boston settle news scraping case


Michael Kwun has an important story dated Jan. 26, 2009, indicating that GateHouse and Boston.com (owned by the New York Times) settled before going to trial Monday morning.

The link for the story is here.

The EFF story has a link to a PDF document copy of an email communicating a “binding level agreement.”

As the story says, this is a kind of rewind or an undoredo of history. Boston will stop literal newsscraping in this fashion, and Gatehouse will impose some technical impediments to prevent it. But both sites agreed that they can continue to deep link. EFF says that the details of the agreement could be counterproductive, turning away free traffic.

As I noted yesterday, “competition” in the Internet traffic business is a deceptive concept. It is not a zero-sum game.

EFF whimsically calls one of its home page features its “Deeplinks Blog.”

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