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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

1/27/09 Hearst Corporate Lawyer Ravi Sitwala Puts An End To The Media War Bettween Thin Skinned Bruce Hunter And Greenwich Roundup

Disgraced And Thin Skinned Greenwich Time Managing Editor Surrenders

Hearst Corporate Lawyer Ravi Sitwalla Called Greenwich Roundup Today And Was Very Proffessional And Pleasant. Ravi Listened To Greenwich Roundup Concerns And We Both Agreed To Come To A Mutually Acceptable Solution To Thin Skinned Bruce Hunters Complaints About Greenwich Roundup.

Unfortunately, Greenwich Roundups Cell Phone Was In A Dead Zone In The Greenwich Back Country And Ravi Had To Call Multiple Times As We DiscussedA Resolution To The Problem Bruce Hunter Caused Hearst Newspapers.

Ravi And I Agreeded That.....

Greenwich Roundup Will Not Have To Modify Greenwich Time That Is Transformative And Therefore Fair Use. For Example Critical Posts About Greenwich Time Editors And Reporters Writings Do Not Violate Copyrights.

Hearst Corporate Lawyer Ravi Sitwalla Stressed That The Hearst Corporation Is A Media Company And In No Way Wants To Infringe On The Free Speech Rights Of Another Citizen Or Media Outlet.

But Since Bruce Hunter Had A Problem With Some Postings That Encouraged Greenwich Roundup Readers To Visit The Greenwich Time And It's Advertisers, A Few Changes Might Have To Be Made....

Ravi Said And Greenwich Roundup Agreed ......

That Greenwich Time Photos Can Be Used With Greenwich Roundup Links To The Greenwich Time So Long As The Photo Is Reduced To A Smaller Thumb Nail Size.

Greenwich Roundup Agreed To This, Because the courts have repeatedly shown that they are willing to recognize a much broader scope for fair use on the Web than they have in connection with conventional print and broadcast media.

Indeed, both the District and Appellate courts seem eager to find fair use in thumbnail images, largely based on their findings that the use was "transformative." Both courts have focused on the fact that the photos serve an entirely different function in the context of a website or blog.

Plus There Is A Benefit To Greenwich Roundup Readers:

Smaller Pictures Will Allow Greenwich Roundup Pages To Load Faster And Look More Professional.

Ravi Said And Greenwich Roundup Also Agreed ......

That Our Links To Greenwich Time Stories Would Be Limited To A Few Sentences, In Order To Technically Meet Current Fair Use Requirements. So A Greenwich Article Link That Had Five or Six Sentences Would Be Cut Back To Two Or Three Sentences.

Greenwich Roundup Thinks This Is A Good Chance To Clean Up And Professionalize Some Posts. However, Greenwich Roundup Thinks Thin Skinned Greenwich Time Managing Editor Bruce Hunter Is Cutting His Nose Off In Spite Of His Face.

When Greenwich Roundup Provides A Link To A Greenwich Time Story With Five Or Six Sentences There Is A Greater Probability That A Reader Interest Will Be Increased To A Point Where He Or She Will Visit The Greenwich Time Web Site.

However, A Link With Two Or Three Sentences Is Less Likely To Cause A Greenwich Roundup Reader To Visit The Greenwich Time Web Site.

So Later If The Greenwich Time Web Site Has A Drop In Visitors Then Everyone Will Be Able To Blame Thin Skinned Greenwich Time Managing Editor Bruce Hunter.

Lastly, Ravi And Greenwich Roundup Agreed .......

That Bruce Hunter, Or One Of His Employees Will Email Greenwich Roundup Individual Links To Posts That He Thinks Might Technically Violate Current Free Use Standards.

Greenwich Roundup Will Endeavour To Quickly Edit The Offending Posts And Then Report Back To Ravi With The Same Links Showing That The Modifications Were Made.

If There Is A Disagreement Over If One Of Bruce Hunter's Links Is Transformitive And Does Not Violate Current Free Use Statutes, Then Ravi And Greenwich Roundup Will Discuss The Matter And Come Up With A Solution That Is Agreeable To Hearst Corporation And Greenwich Roundup.

So The Ball Is Now In Bruce Hunter's Court .....

Greenwich Roundup Is Awaiting His Email Listing Specific Greenwich Roundup Posts That He Thinks Are In Appropriate Under Fair Use Regulations.

Bruce Hunter Can Send His Emailed List Of Specific Posts To GreenwichRoundup@gmail.com And A Carbon Copy To rsitwala@hearst.com And Any Needed Corrections Will Be Made As Quickly As Possible.


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