Remote and Controlled
But if freelancers now have powerful publishers in a position to pay for additional distribution of content, news librarians—the people behind the archives—will be charged will cleaning up for legal sake. Not only does this affect consumer use, but also staff research—everything from summarizing a lifetime of celebrity for the obituaries to exhuming yearly electoral college statistics. The standards by which readers, reporters and database solution providers operate will change since the Tasini case not only proved that digital assets are valuable, but that digital content is here to stay, though information may be limited based on funds. The decision also asks whether or not more staff writers will be expected to cover once-coveted freelance terrain or if publishers will, in fact, pay the price to go print-to-Web.
For the complete decision on New York Times Company v. Tasini, click here: http://www.usscplus.com/current/cases/ASCII/9910075.txt
-Natalie Hope McDonald