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July 28, 2006 10:58 AM

Broken: Reuters copyright statement

Spotted at the bottom of a Reuters story on CNN that I link to over on the Good Experience blog. I guess this is nothing new, but I was surprised at how restrictive the copyright statement is:

Copyright 2006 Reuters. All rights reserved.This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Don't broadcast it, don't publish it - I guess that gets the website in trouble... why not take the next logical step and tell people not to read it?

It's like the guitar in Spinal Tap that Marty isn't even allowed to think about. It's copyright nirvana - no one publishing, no one reading, no one thinking, no one getting at the material in any way whatsoever. Ahhhh, that's a tidy little world.

I'm not opposed in principle to copyright; I just think that copyright statements shouldn't say silly things like that.


It's just like an electric scooter my brother once got. It had a sticker saying that it couldn't be used on roads _or_ sidewalks, and that it wasn't meant for off-roading.

Posted by: Serpent_Guard at July 28, 2006 12:02 PM

It's not an overly restrictive copyright statement, it's just redundant. "All rights reserved" would include the right to publish, broadcast, and distribute the work.

Posted by: dx27s at July 28, 2006 12:02 PM

Even better, considering how Reuters is not the equivalent of the local newspaper. Reuters is a *wire service*, whose whole purpose is to provide content to subscribers, who then publish it in their own publications.

Given that, I wonder if the key phrase along the lines "without consent of Reuters" somehow got deleted.

Posted by: Steve J at July 28, 2006 12:35 PM

It might just mean that the user reading the page doesn't have the option to copy or re-distribute the content -- clearly it wouldn't apply to an organization that subscribes to the Reuters feed like, say, CNN.

Posted by: Mullet Vampire at July 28, 2006 10:04 PM

How ridiculous -- although changing it to "republished" and "rebroadcast" might make it better.

Posted by: Alcas at July 30, 2006 11:36 AM

It means *you*, the public viewer can't publish, broadcast, and distribute the work.

Posted by: Sean at August 9, 2006 06:26 AM

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