There are lots of good things about hockey fandom. There are. But sometimes I forget how young a lot of fandom is. Or maybe young isn’t the right word. Inexperienced? Oblivious to economic realities?
DKPittsburghsports.com is a sports news site focused on Pittsburgh sports; it was founded by a former Trib reporter and much of its staff are also former Trib employees or refugees from other traditional media venues. Its material is behind a pay wall. It’s a relatively cheap pay wall, frankly. It has a tumblr where it posts snippets and it occasionally makes full posts free to the public.
But some people in hockey fandom have copied entire posts and circulated them. So that other fans (or any random person poking around the internet) can read the copyrighted material while avoiding/evading the pay wall. And when they receive a DMCA notice, they consider the site to be “douchey” because the posters aren’t making money off the reposting and thus there’s no harm.
Well, no, the rebloggers aren’t making money. But they are republishing material that isn’t theirs, material that is behind a pay wall. Republishing a paragraph might be fair use, but an entire column is not. The material is NOT theirs to do that with. And they are erasing potential income to the site based on their republishing.
That’s not douchey. That is defending their intellectual property and their livelihood.
I keep seeing trailers for The Big Short, based on Michael Lewis’s book. I read the book. I liked it and thought it broke the whole subprime CDO debacle into digestible chunks for average readers like me. But I’m not sure if the book really translates into a screen narrative, at least not in a way that won’t unduly glorify a character. (I’m not sure any of the ppl involved could be vilified beyond the ugly reality of their actual greed; certainly not enough of them were prosecuted or left destitute by the sleight of hand that crashed an economy.)