The Boston Phoenix has a long blog post out Wednesday calling out The New York Times for uploading work owned by the paper on the same day columnist Bill Keller advocated for stronger SOPA-like enforcement of copyright laws. In the post, Carly Carioli points to a column by Joe Nocera that mentions a 1976 article by Clark Booth called "Death and Football" that ran in a defunct publication called The Real Paper. In his column, Nocera directs readers to The New York Times' website where a PDF version of the article is posted with full layout and ads. (Save the date: Electric Light Orchestra is playing at the Orpheum March 19th: Tickers are a steal at $6.50!)
The problem? The Real Paper's rights have since been acquired by the Phoenix, prompting Carioli to take a critical look at Nocera's colleague's column about SOPA and Wikipedia. Looking at the piracy debate around SOPA, Keller writes, "Like most people who make their living the way I do, I think parasite Web sites should be treated with the same contempt as people who pick pockets or boost cars."
The Phoenix's Carioli notes that by hosting the Phoenix-owned PDF on NYtimes.com, the paper sort of picked its pocket, suggesting (with tongue only partly in cheek, we assume) "We could ... call the lawyers. It's an open-and-shut case."