Reader: Could Denver Post be sued for copyright infringement over Mike Rosen self-plagiarim?

Mike Rosen.
Our item yesterday about KOA talk-show host Mike Rosen seeing nothing wrong with recycling one of his old Rocky Mountain News columns in the Denver Post stirred a lively debate. Given that Nevada's Righthaven LLC has been suing news agencies for unauthorized use of Post material, one reader wonders if the firm should target the Post on behalf of the Rocky's copyright holders.

Heresathought writes:

Would the current owner of the Rocky Mountain News archives be interested in Rosen's "borrowing" of their copyrighted material? If Rosen received compensation for his work with the Rocky, and the Rocky reserved all rights to their printed content, maybe Righthaven should become involved. Any attorney want to weigh in?

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tk
tk

We should all avoid plaigarim.

BobT1971USM
BobT1971USM

Come on, Michael. Isn't this a smoldering pile of failed innuendo? You claim to be just putting it out there and letting the people decide, but you are a smart guy who knows without a doubt that your premise is fatally flawed.

No, you cannot plagiarize yourself. You know that. If you did believe that to be true you would have already called the RMN's copyright holder and asked if they intend to sue.

This is no different than a headline than says, "Could Michael Roberts Be Arrested for Killing Babies with a Hammer?"

The answer is yes, that is, if Michael Roberts actually killed babies with a hammer. This is the kind of tactic that earns the media disrespect and cynicism.

I agree with the other posters who say you should focus your criticism on the bad thing he actually did, rather than the ludicrous thing you're trying to accuse a ludicrous person of doing. You've gotten that gasbag Rosen in trouble with his employer for recycling material. Mission accomplished. Why do you have to cheapen it with demonstrably false innuendo?

Michael Roberts
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Robert
Robert

I don't think it is "a smoldering pile of failed innuendo". Rosen produced a column for the Rocky Mountain News to which it presumably acquired the copyright. Now Rosen has sold essentially the same material to the Denver Post. It seems as though one or both of them owe the copyright-holders money.

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BobT1971USM
BobT1971USM

My hunch is that Rosen is not a full-time employee of the Post, so he sells his columns and retains the rights to his own words, but I'm just guessing. It seems like Michael could just ask him that for us. If that's the case, then it' no different than a columnist who sells his work to many papers. Can they sue each other, Robert? I don't know.

Michael Roberts
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Michael Roberts
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