Thursday, March 17, 2011
Washington Post suspends reporter for plagiarism; new Facebook pages track Righthaven
In these days where bloggers are getting sued by Righthaven for reproducing stories from certain newspapers, a Washington Post investigative reporter, Sari Horwitz, was suspended by the Post for three months for cutting pasting some sections of stories about the investigation of Jared Loughner that had appeared first in the Arizona Republic, in stories that she presented as her own to the Post. The link for the story is here.
The Post story, by Paul Farhi, puts the issue in terms of plagiarism, and doesn’t mention the controversy going on with bloggers and Righthaven, and the big questions of copyright, Fair Use, and champerty.
As far as I can tell, the Arizona Republic is not one of the newspapers using Righthaven.
There is a new website “Righthaven Lawsuits” here
There are also two new Facebook groups, a “Boycott the Denver Post …” page that mistakenly lists the Las Vegas Sun as one of the plaintiffs; it’s the Las Vegas Journal-Review; the Las Vegas Sun, with Steve Green, has done among the most comprehensive reporting. There is also a “Righthaven Insideer” page.