The Newnan (Georgia) Times-Herald reproduced an article Dan Whisenhunt wrote for the Atlanta-area news site Decaturish, which he also edits. After Whisenhunt complained, the Times-Herald removed his article.
Whisenhunt also noticed the paper had offered his article, which the Times-Herald ran with his byline, for sale in the archive, and sent an invoice for $1,000. “I do not think your staff would publish content from the New York Times or the Washington Post on your website without a prior content sharing agreement,” Whisenhunt wrote.
Times-Herald General Manager John Winters replied, saying “Most authors, including newspapers, seek to have as extensive circulation of their articles as possible so long as appropriate attribution is provided,” and that since it only got 30 pageviews on the Times-Herald’s site, “any damage to viewership on your site, as a result of our posting the article, would be miniscule.” In addition, he contended:
Also, any factual material in the article you posted is not covered by the copyright laws.