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Sunday, January 31, 2010 

Dear Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

.... HUH??!!

Note: due to circumstances beyond my control ... and idiotic decisions by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation ... this site is now, unfortunately, a CBC free zone!

For a couple of years now, I have always gone to CBC first and have ensured that I linked to their news stories at every opportunity. This (I believe) brought some traffic to their news site. I make no revenue from this blog so I therefore cannot afford to pay for linking to CBC news items.

What a ridiculous situation CBC has put its progressive blogging friends in.

-CBC Signs Up With American 'Bounty Hunting' Company to stifle Bloggers and their fair comment rights!

Bloggers do a lot of this. It is the democratic way of spreading information As long as we crdit the source we don't plagiarize and , t should be left alone.

But special shame on CBC , our public news network!!

I noticed that last night on the CBC site. What a moronic move! First, they should pay bloggers for driving a considerable amount of traffic back to CBC sites. Second, simply quoting a snippet, say, a single paragraph, followed by a link to the actual CBC URL cannot be made subject to fees. If this were possible, every writer, researcher, etc. who quotes another source and lists the source's information in the bibliography would have to pay for every bit of quoted material as well. And this is nonsense.

I agree that reproducing the full article in its entirety would be a violation of copyright and should, therefore, require a licence, but a little snippet?

I think the CBC will lose a lot of site traffic -- and let's face it: blogs are a rich source of incoming links for those MSM websites. They should pay us for our tireless efforts!

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