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4:50 PM ET, January 16, 2013


 Top News: 
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
News companies must pay for swiping Twitter pics (but our photo laws are still a mess)  —  News agencies can't simply help themselves to the photos they find on Twitter.  That's the upshot of a closely watched court case involving a freelance photographer who sued the Washington Post …
John Herrman / BuzzFeed:
Want To Publish A Twitter Image Legally?  Just Embed It.  —  A Manhattan judge has ruled against The Washington Post and the AFP for republishing a Twitter user's photos.  But if the image had been inside an embedded Tweet, it may have been fine.  A strange loophole.  —  posted about a half hour ago
Discussion: @tone_def, VentureBeat and CNET
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Twitter pictures put in spotlight following London helicopter crash  —  Issue of image copyright highlighted as major media outlets use photos taken by Twitter account holders and posted on site  —  The fatal helicopter crash in London on Wednesday morning once again put Twitter in the spotlight …
The Huffington Post:
Darrell Issa Probing Prosecution Of Aaron Swartz, Internet Pioneer Who Killed Himself  —  WASHINGTON — House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is investigating the Justice Department's prosecution of Aaron Swartz, the Internet activist who committed suicide on Friday …
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Digital First newspaper to reduce print frequency  —  The Oneida (N.Y.) Daily Dispatch will print three days a week beginning next month, owner Digital First Media announced Wednesday.  —  As is customary with such announcements, DFM promises “expanded online, mobile and electronic offerings” for Daily Dispatch readers.
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Weekly World News erects paywall, ending debate forever  —  The Weekly World News will move its website behind a paywall, the company announced Wednesday.  Listen up, information-needs-to-be-free types: When Bat Boy goes behind a paywall, there's nothing left to discuss.
Discussion: Weekly World News
Dean Starkman / CJR:
Native ads' existential problem  —  L'affaire Atlantic/Scientology points up the format's built-in problems for news  —  The Atlantic's big mistake in the Scientololgy “debacle” has been variously described as:  —  1. Running an ad in the first place for a strange and predatory money-obsessed cult …
Craig Silverman / Poynter:
Washington Post clarifies practices and standards for corrections  —  In an email to staff this morning, The Washington Post clarified its practices and standards for online corrections.  The email was signed by three top editors, including Executive Editor Marty Baron …
Joe Flint / Los Angeles Times:
News Corp. may convert Fox Soccer into entertainment network  —  Fox Soccer may become an entertainment network.  (Fox Sports )  —  News Corp. is considering revamping its Fox Soccer cable channel into a general entertainment network, according to people briefed on the matter.
Discussion: EPL Talk
Joel Mathis / The Philly Post:
No One is Coming to Save Philadelphia Newspapers  —  These owners and these journalists will decide the fate of the Inky and Daily News.  First they need a plan.  Any plan at all.  —  Well, now we know: There will be no white knight to save Philadelphia's two major daily newspapers.
Discussion:, Cision and Poynter
Lisa Campbell / The Bookseller:
Kobo claims 20% of global e-reading market  —  Kobo increased its global e-ink device sales by 150% in December, making it the “biggest month” for the company so far.  —  The Canada-based retailer said that contrary to suggestions that e-ink devices would decline in popularity over Christmas …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Amazon's European Netflix Competitor, LOVEFiLM, Signs TV Series Streaming Deal With NBCU  —  Another day, another content licensing agreement in the online streaming space.  Amazon-owned LOVEFiLM, a European Netflix competitor, has signed a new streaming deal with NBCUniversal International TV Distribution …
Associated Press:
Fox hires Dennis Kucinich as analyst  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Former Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich has signed on as a regular contributor to Fox News Channel.  —  The former Ohio congressman unsuccessfully ran for president in 2004 and 2008, and recently ended his congressional career.
Discussion: Media Decoder and TVNewser
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