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Loadedog versus the Canberra Times

By johnboy - 13 February 2007 38

[First filed: February 08, 2007 @ 17:53]

You may remember we mentioned in passing Loadedog’s story about a marijuana drought gripping the ACT.

A lot of other news outlets followed up the story. Loadedog and his correspondent were briefly concerned the notoriety would lead to unwanted attention, but soon the storm passed.

Until this Monday when the Canberra Times’ Public Sector Informant grabbed a chunk of the text from the story and (as is too often the case) decided that “local website” was sufficient attribution, rather than actually mentioning the name of the site (as even ratbag bloggers would have the decency to do).

This sort of thing happens to us a lot (although thankfully it has been getting better). Loadedog, however, has more time on his hands and a more finely developed sense of injustice, so he’s off to Media Watch and the Press Council to get their thoughts on the practice. You can read all the details over on his remodeled site.

We await the outcome with interest.

UPDATED: Loadedog has more on the story with the Press Council ruling that journalist’s standards of attribution can be lower than high school students or ratbag bloggers. We await Media Watch’s approach to the issue

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louise 2:20 pm 14 Feb 07

Back to the point of a poorly attributed source. What about the moral copyright issue? Surely if someone writes something, and their name is on it, they have the right to be acknowledgeed as the author? I thought you had to sign away your copyright to lose it.

Absent Diane 10:56 am 14 Feb 07

there is an idea in that simto… A moveable statue… like an action figure…

simto 10:51 am 14 Feb 07

Okay, the wig can migrate to his chin, and be his beard…

If they make statues like they make action figures, it doesn’t have to look particularly like anybody anyway…

Thumper 10:51 am 14 Feb 07

Or Perth and became Michael Hutchence for INXS?

hell, they looked the same, sang the same and moved the same.

Okay, either way he is dead. Therefore only one conclusion can be drawn, that is, that Gary Humphries really is Jim Morrison.

No doubt about it…

bonfire 10:28 am 14 Feb 07

maybe he moved to the uk and became morrisey ?

Hasdrubahl 10:22 am 14 Feb 07

i used to work with a Gary Morrison once.

Absent Diane 10:18 am 14 Feb 07

Jim Humphries

West_Kambah_4eva 10:14 am 14 Feb 07

Gary says RIDE THE SNAKE!

Maelinar 9:42 am 14 Feb 07

I don’t use a nom de plume.

Thumper 9:16 am 14 Feb 07

Then it would be the LA Woman album era Morrison.

okay, we’d also need a gold belly to attach as well.

In fact, given the mysterious death of the said Lizard King, is it at all possible that, after faking his death, Morrison moved to Canberra and in fact is Gary Humphries?

Hmmm, you know it makes sense.

johnboy 9:00 am 14 Feb 07

and the beard?

Thumper 8:32 am 14 Feb 07

That could work, kind of….

A giant golden wig…

simto 8:22 am 14 Feb 07

Well, obviously. A compromise solution is that the Garry Humphries statue could be built with an optional wig, so that of an evening, it can go from a statue that looks vaguely like Garry to a statue that looks vaguely like Jim…

West_Kambah_4eva 8:04 am 14 Feb 07

There is only enough funding for a 50 foot statue of Jim Morrison…

Comment by Thumper — 14 February, 2007 @ 8:02 am

Gold, though, I take it…

Thumper 8:02 am 14 Feb 07

There is only enough funding for a 50 foot statue of Jim Morrison…

johnboy 9:50 pm 13 Feb 07

but the defamation liability is yours alone.

Hasdrubahl 9:39 pm 13 Feb 07

Bit difficult when most people around here (with the exception of me, of course) are using nom de plumes.

I hereby cede the copyright over all my inane utterings to the RiotACT, in perpetuity, in all media and internationally.

johnboy 9:18 pm 13 Feb 07

You bet your arse you own them

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