How Not to Get Snookered by Claims of "Proof" of Copyright Infringement

Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Jan 23, 2011 4:28 PM EDT
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I guess you heard that Florian Mueller is at it again. He made strong claims of a smoking gun regarding alleged copyright infringement of Oracle files by Google. Well, in the cold light of day, some of the media who printed it without fact checking are now awakening to the news that the news wasn't as reliable or unchallengeable as they assumed. You'll find corrections now, notably from Ed Burnette at ZDNet, who is a programmer-journalist, and by Paul Ryan at ars technica. That is what journalists are supposed to do, if they see wrong information. It's part of the ethics of being a good journalist, and the other part is to issue corrections when the mistake is your own. To their credit, many journalists have now corrected what they wrote initially.

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Good write-up by PJ. dinotrac 2 758 Jan 23, 2011 11:58 PM

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