iPad News Reader Zite Gets Tag-Teamed with Cease and Desist Letter



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I love Zite. It's a fantastic "magazine browser." After reading this article, I realized that I never thought about the information it "stripped away" from the original sources so that it could create such a pleasant and easy reading experience.

I will not pretend to know or understand copyright law; it just seems to complicate itself with every emerging technology.

I realize that the original content source incurred an expense to write, setup, publish, and secure ads for a given article. It hopes to regain that expense via ads on its site.

Today I've learned that Zite pulls content from an original source and re-presents the content--without the work. So what? If I like a source that I discover through Zite, I'm more likely to engage that source directly when possible. (Of course, the reverse may be true as well.) Zite does cite every source it pulls from. Nothing is plagiarized.

Zite has created something amazing, and of course, people are going to be upset that they didn't do it first. Perhaps the original sources need to develop a better way to present or deliver information that will draw us to their site first. How information is deployed or presented shouldn't be copyrighted. Does it really matter to anyone that I view and article here or there? Is this all about money, or the ability to share information?

At what point does "content" (an article) morph into "information" (something everyone is writing about)? And when and how do the copyright laws apply to this "information" that I can find something about on 100+ sites?

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