I'm a little slow, I guess, but this morning I realized why they're doing it.
When the Press switches to a paid website -- something that's in the works -- the Courant could simply rewrite whatever is on it and post the stories in this manner on its own website, for free.
I can't say whether some kind of legal problem might arise from the wholesale snatching of Bristol stories -- I can imagine copyright or anti-trust issues in that -- but, hey, it might work.
If the Courant can grab readers who might have paid for the Press website, it adds eyeballs to its own site and snatches them from the Press site. It's potentially a winner, however sleazy.
I'm sure this is something that my own bosses are going to be taking a look at as they decide how best to move toward a website that isn't wholly free anymore.
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