When freelance journalist Sheron Boyle wrote a piece for the PressGazette detailing her concerns about a worrying practice which has become increasingly more prevalent in the newspaper she opened up the can of worms that is “byline banditry.” This is when a freelance journalist sells their first rights of publication to a paper, only to find after publication that their work is being accredited to the staffer for whom the freelancer had written the piece. Now others are commenting on the practice: Andy J alerted me to an excellent blog post on Mediabelf here . More in this to follow on this on the 1709 Blog shortly! Image, and more on banditry from Wikipedia here.
And finally, Techdirt reports that the US Ninth Circuit appeals court has ruled in the Fox v Dish case - over Dish's AutoHopper technology - that "broadcasters can't use copyright to block commercial skipping" - and that plaintiff Fox had no interest in copyright in adverts - rather the programmes they are placed between.