iPad App Accused of Stealing Off Front Page News from Newseum

6 Dec

The iPad news app Extra! Extra! featuring “800 major newspaper front pages” was accused of shoplifting the picuture pages from the Newseum website. App developer responded that the images of a newspaper front were “publicly accessible.” To this the people who run the Newseum site emphasized the exclusive nature of the pictures that have been provided and that it was not in anyway “publicly accessible” as the app developer had pointed out.

Newslifting has been a problem since the dawn of newspapers. Now with the internet, it has become more prevalent than ever. Never in history has it been easier to copy and paste a story or simply download a jpeg file of a picture.  With these kinds of tech support lazy news reporting has become a growing problem. Especially with news aggregators merely providing cover stories from proper news sites. I think this is the first time I saw an app getting into trouble for stealing stuff off from a website, but more are to come I expect. Regulations on internet or gadget based stories should be more specified.



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