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PostPosted: Tue Sep 19, 2006 10:16 pm 
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I'm not sure how many people know this, but at the major newspapers, people can only access stories on the websites by paying for them.

Many of the stories that are posted can be seen free for maybe a month -- and often times less -- before they're archived. Then you can only read them if you pay for a copy. Some charge as much as $5 each.

Why am I writing this? Because I'd love to read some of the articles that have been referred to, but they're no longer available for free viewing.

Perhaps a better way would be to copy the article (with the copyright notice!) and post it in this message area. Or there are some ways to do this using a small URL (?); I've seen mention of it, but personally I don't know how it's done. Maybe someone on here can explain it.

Anyway, it's just a suggestion.


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Hi mskls and thanks for your thoughts on this knotty problem. I've moved your post to this forum which is specifically for matters relating to CriticalDance.

Life used to be much easier! When we started CriticalDance, only one major newspaper, "The Wall St Journal", charged for access, but several others do now, as well. While I can understand a publisher wanting to recoup a major capital outlay on a website, the restriction of information and the fact that our readers cannot access dance articles is clearly not desirable from our perspective. The good news is that after a flurry of "pay for access" activity a couple of years ago, the rate of transfer seems to have slowed. Perhaps it's because few people registered and potential advertising revenue was reduced for that reason. One newspaper, "The Independent", started charging, but only for part of the content and, thankfully, arts coverage is excluded.

Still, it looks as though the problem is here for the moment in some instances. Picking up your specific points:

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Perhaps a better way would be to copy the article (with the copyright notice!) and post it in this message area.


I'm afraid that, with or without the copyright notice, publishing a complete article would be a clear breach of copyright. Imagine if "Newsweek" published an article from the "New york Times" without having permission.

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Or there are some ways to do this using a small URL (?); I've seen mention of it, but personally I don't know how it's done. Maybe someone on here can explain it.


This is outside my knowledge, but if it is a way of bypassing a fee structure then I imagine that we would again be at risk as we were "stealing" an article that requires a charge.

Thanks for your thoughts on this problem, mkls, and if you have any further thoughts on this or another issue, please do let us know.


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