Like many I read with great interest the article on Media News Group (the owner of the Lowell Sun and many other newspapers) posted on richardhowe.com. I like many have heard stories that the newspaper’s management and ownership don’t like blogs or bloggers.
I also appreciate the few emails encouraging me to be careful and admit to laughing at the one who wished the SUN/Media News would come after me to “put me in my place.”
Not only do I admit to not being a great writer, I’ll admit to not being a very good Blogger in the fact that I’ve never really explored the whole concept / rules/ acceptable reproduction of material issues involved in Blogging. Call me irresponsible, naïve or stupid but to be honest, I post what I think and link to items I feel relevant and never worried about infringement of copyright material. I do this has my hobby and my means to vent and share my opinion and to get discussion going.
I also admit that I have a bias in the fact that I support the SUN and like having a regional newspaper that covers the area and important news. In the year plus I have been blogging I have had my disagreements with some of the editors positions but respect his right to voice (or print) his position and generally have tried to acknowledge the work of what I consider some pretty good reporters in Jenn Myers, Lyle Moran, Erin Smith, Rob Mills, Chris Scott, Lisa Redmond and others. Mr. Campanini has even been kind enough to respond to some questions and allowed me to do a Post with his response.
In that time not once has the SUN directly or indirectly asked me to stop linking or posting anything. Nor have I heard anything negative directed towards this BLOG by anyone connected with the Sun. I may not always be nice to the Editor or to Mr. Kendall Wallace but I do try and be fair and acknowledge what the Sun provides, important Local news, local features, Obituaries and a political column that gets people talking.
I also seem to be one of the bloggers that doesn’t have a personal dislike for the Editor or Media News Group. Dick has no problem expressing his issue with the Sun and Lynne went so far has to call for a boycott and start a petition to fire Mr. Campanini. I have no personal axe to grind and have met Mr. Campanini only once for about 20 seconds. I may disagree with him on issues but he has not attacked me or done anything to get me to hate him or the Sun. Publisher/President Mark O’Neil has responded to my email request even if it was to say Not at This time when I requested to do a 5 question Post. When I met Kendall Wallace last year at a debate he was very pleasant to speak with.
That being said after reading Dick’s post it made me concerned that I may be violating someone’s copyrighted material or infringing upon someone’s work so I looked at the Sun’s website and under the Information button at the bottom of page 1 found in About US under the Legal header there is a terms of service item that in part reads:
You may establish a hypertext link to this Service so long as the link does not state or imply any sponsorship of your site by Lowell Sun or LowellSun.com. However, you may not, without the prior written permission of LowellSun.com, frame any of the content of the Service, or incorporate into another website or other service any material, content or intellectual property belonging to LowellSun.com, its parent or affiliate companies or their licensors. License to LowellSun.com
After reading that I wanted to make sure that I was not in violation and requested written permission from Media News Group / The Sun to continue to be able to post links and promote the paper.
People may say I am sucking up but I grew up with the Lowell Sun, Ch. 6 News , WCAP and WLLH all local media outlets. Today we are down to 1 local radio station WCAP – 1 Regional Paper (The Sun) and City Life that cover Lowell stories and I think they are important to keep.
Live and Local media be it WCAP/ City Life or the Sun provide Lowell residents and former Lowell residents a way to stay connected and informed. In this day of instant national and state news, having these local outlets is still a good thing for a city the size of Lowell.
I received the following response to my inquiry from Media News Group and Thank them and I am grateful that I will be able to continue to link and promote our local newspaper and hope to be able to do that for a long time:
First, we absolutely want you to link to our stories and we appreciate that you do. We do ask that you not reproduce the entire story, but instead, run the headline and a summary of the story or the first paragraph or two, and then add the link to our newspaper site with the statement “Read more at the Lowell Sun” and then the link. If you use our content in this way, it doesn’t violate our copyright.
Again, thank you for promoting our newspaper, we do appreciate it. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me directly.
Sr. Vice President Human Resources
and Labor Relations