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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on October 26th, 2013 at 2:10 am

Has the Pentagon’s Early Bird Been Grounded?

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I always wondered how long it would be before the Early Bird would be forced to stop publishing:

WASHINGTON — A Pentagon-produced daily defense news roundup that has long provided early morning reading for defense leaders, journalists and others is on hiatus, and may disappear for good.

The Current News Early Bird, which began in the 1960s as a collection of news clippings and in recent years became widely available over the Internet to a far broader audience, ceased publication Oct. 1 when the federal government shut down. After the government reopened Oct. 17, however, the Early Bird did not return.

The product has spurred sporadic complaints from publishing companies over the years, who have objected to the Early Bird’s cut-and-paste approach to aggregating news, which in the Internet age may reduce traffic and subscriptions on media websites and reduce advertising and other revenue. [Stars and Stripes]

This is why I take excerpts and then say read the rest at the link so the content provider can get some link love. Copying an entire article is generally frowned upon blogging etiquette.

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  • Liz
    4:28 am on October 26th, 2013 1

    “Copying an entire article is generally frowned upon blogging etiquette.”

    I think it’s also illegal. Unless the rules have changed, fair use allows the blogger to copy excerpts of a copyrighted work for the purpose of criticism or commentary, but the copying may not exceed the extent necessary to serve that purpose.

  • JoeC
    10:43 am on October 26th, 2013 2

    I don’t think I’ve ever seem the digital EarlyBird. When I was at the Pentagon, about 1990, the www-based portion of the internet did not exist yet. The EarlyBird was very literally a cut and paste product. Some-people were actually cutting printed columns out of local and national newspapers and magazines and pasting them together, then photocopying the whole set behind a cover page identifying it as the EarlBird.

    Obviously, there was some editorial decision making in choosing which articles would be relevant to D.C. bureaucrats but the articles were copied in their entirety, not excerpted. The only commentary might have been if the article itself was the commentary, such as from a major newspaper’s editorial column.

    I don’t think I ever saw a mention of what license authority EarlyBird had to reprint and republish those articles other than they probably had subscriptions to those newspapers and the EarlyBird was not being sold but being freely issued in limited distribution circles.

    I imagine the digital online version would have been more problematic if it had revenue earning ads linked into the pages.


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