Maury Brown from the Biz of Baseball Blog wrote an interesting piece today on the collision between the mainstream media and those who appropriate our work on line without paying for it, or at least giving proper credit.
As newspapers struggle to stay afloat financially, it’s a question that is not going to go away. Newspapers spend a lot of money to pay beat writers and send them on the road. Why should some blog, particularly those with advertisements, be able to use that information for free?
I’m usually flattered if some other blog links to my work. I figure anything that brings more readers here has to be good. But for every responsible blogger out there, there are other who cut and paste the work of others and either pass it off as their own or barely credit the author.
If you know the solution, contact the newspaper industry because you will be a well-paid consultant. The problem will soon be this: If newspapers decide they can’t afford beat writers, where will that information come from? Somebody has to get on the plane, go to Toronto and ask the questions.