In a highly anticipated move to prevent multiple people from reading the same newspaper, the NAA (Newspaper Association of America) followed the RIAA (Record Industry Association of America) in suing over 12 Million readers who purchased newspapers. NAA spokesperson Eyedon Knowitall said “People are purchasing our newspapers and tearing out sections to give it to others. This is not fair use”. Going after key bloggers who quote sections of the newspaper in their online blog is the next anticipated move.
Newspapers have been very concerned that like the RIAA they are under attack from bloggers and indifferent readers resulting in falling subscription rates. This in addition to several experts calling newspapers “vertical monopolies” has them in a very aggressive mode said Knowitall.
The RIAA case in Arizona has been extensively reported by several notable newspapers.
“I couldn’t believe it when I read that,” says Ray Beckerman, a New
York lawyer who represents six clients who have been sued by the RIAA.
“The basic principle in the law is that you have to distribute actual
physical copies to be guilty of violating copyright. But recently, the
industry has been going around saying that even a personal copy on your
computer is a violation.”
“The Howell case was not the first time the industry has argued that
making a personal copy from a legally purchased CD is illegal. At the
Thomas trial in Minnesota, Sony BMG’s chief of litigation, Jennifer
Pariser, testified that “when an individual makes a copy of a song for
himself, I suppose we can say he stole a song.” Copying a song you
bought is “a nice way of saying ‘steals just one copy,’ ” she said.”
Many bloggers were convinced after seeing the “BETA” mode on the NAA website that they had no clue what they were doing and still needed a lot to learn from the RIAA.