When The New York Times published its blockbuster piece on Richard Blumenthal tonight, Linda McMahon's operatives wasted no time sending out a press release touting the news.
But instead of putting a link to the story, which is fine and dandy, she actually reprinted the entire story, which effectively eliminates the need to go read it on the Times' own site.
There's a word for that: theft.
McMahon ought to know better than to steal words that don't belong to her.
It's a violation of copyright law and it's just plain wrong.
Newspapers are struggling already. Swiping what we write so that we make not one single penny from it is a grotesque way to repay the Times for printing a story that will do so much to help her campaign.
The Times' policy quite clearly states that "copying or storing of any content for other than personal use is expressley prohibited without prior written permission" from the paper.
I strongly doubt that in the 30 seconds McMahon's campaign sat on the information before sending out its press release that she obtained that permission.
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