A Proposal to Address the Potential Demise of Newspapers

Judge Richard Posner currently is a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago and is on the faculty at the University of Chicago Law School. He is a prolific writer, including a book entitled “The Little Book of Plagiarism” (an excellent read).

Recently on his blog that he shares with Gary Becker, Judge Posner proposed an expansion of copyright law to ban linking/paraphrasing of newspaper stories in an effort to ensure the viability of the industry. His proposal, not surprisingly, is being discussed by many. To find a vast selection of them, just search “Posner” and “copyright.” While the Judge’s proposal seems extreme, such extreme ideas lead to discussion, analysis, and – hopefully – resolution.

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