Mixed Media: Changing copyright law won't save newspapers


Desperate times call for desperate measures, yes, and times don't get much more desperate than they are in the newspaper industry right about now. But are they really so desperate that they require a wholesale rewriting of copyright law -- one that could utterly stifle the dissemination of news and information?

That's exactly what some legal minds are proposing, seeing it as the only solution to the problem of "free riding" by aggregation sites, blogs, and other online entities that summarize and comment on the stories generated by newspapers.