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Deborah Jones
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There are many new stories on Facts and Opinions, including my new piece today on the court ruling that altered the raw balance of competing rights on which Canada teeters.
Our renovated  Home page, with a Table of Contents, provides links to new stories and sections on our site, while the Frontlines blog has notices of new work and separate stories.
Check us out - and if you see fit, please spread the word.
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Click on the embedded links at our home page, for an eclectic list of great weekend reading, about:
Moldova; Rethinking Cancer; Scottish Independence; Hurricane Carter’s Neighbour; Gun Violence Research; Weibo and the Free Market; Saudi Prince Sacked; Escaping Earth to Kep; Baby Doctor who Championed Abortion; Hong Kong Reform; Desmond Tutu on Climate Change; Oscar Pistorius Justice; Fred Phelps; Indonesia’s Jokowi stumbles; Arctic Heat; Tzeporah Berman’s Hope, Iran Reform; IPCC climate report; Rwanda Revisited; Arbroath; Taiwan’s Sunflower Occupation; Journalists attacked in Afghanistan; Our Rube Goldberg Earth; Corporate-funded Research
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The boy in the desert was not alone. Were we duped? If so it was meant well - but no less harmful for that.
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Think independent, non-partisan and professional journalism matters?
Check out F&O - and share to help spread the word.
Our employee-owned "boutique" site is chock full of terrific new work - including some that's public access, as well as subscription-only. You can subscribe for free to our email notices in the Frontlines blog on the site's main menu, or better yet, support advertising-free journalism with a $1 day pass or inexpensive subscription.
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F&O has an eclectic list of great weekend reading. Click on the link, and each of these has its own embedded link. Not all are behind the paywall: http://www.factsandopinions.com/
: Moldova; Rethinking Cancer;  Scottish Independence; Hurricane Carter’s Neighbour; Gun Violence Research; Weibo and the Free Market; Saudi Prince Sacked; Escaping Earth to Kep; Baby Doctor who Championed Abortion; Hong Kong Reform; Desmond Tutu on Climate Change; Oscar Pistorius Justice; Fred Phelps; Indonesia’s Jokowi stumbles;  Arctic Heat; Tzeporah Berman’s Hope,  Iran Reform; IPCC climate report; Rwanda Revisited; Arbroath; Taiwan’s Sunflower Occupation; Journalists attacked in Afghanistan; Our Rube Goldberg Earth; Corporate-funded Research
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It's a weekend for Slow Journalism, without borders
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My new column: wolves as ecosystem engineers.
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This just kills me.

At precisely what point does sharing a copyright article (for which creators are grateful) cross the line (and become theft that destroys our survival)?

My own and F&O's policy with copyrighted outside work is to share no more than four graphs, clearly marked as an excerpt, and promote the link to the site that houses the work.

I am really happy that a remarkable piece on FactsandOpinions.com, "Shakedown of the Century,"  is getting lots of attention. We're a small employee-owned journal, brand new and struggling to make headway in a media industry almost destroyed by the free Internet. But some places that "shared" it essentially re-published it, without our copyright notice; some even invited others to share at will. All put ads around it, that sell stuff for profit or seek donations to keep their sites and causes going.

While most do link to us, from one popular site that's getting far more hits than F&O, exactly two people have clicked to us. What REALLY gets my goat is that author Chris Wood decided to leave it outside our paywall for a week, to let more people read it and sample F&O.

We are taking enormous risks with F&O, and I'm proud that we have a built a home for work like Chris's truly original thinking, extensive research and strong voice, developed over decades of journalism and lifelong education. A column like this is a tremendous amount of work, and it offers a fiercely informed, credible and important perspective to environmental science. I hope for Chris, and F&O overall, to be heard outside the silos our society has created around so many polarized issues. Most of us at F&O are in the realm of artists - independent creators, not bound to any institution, not supported by tenure or outside salary. We are this way by choice, believing independents are needed. We're not funded by a charity, foundation, institution or government.

But that our work is copied verbatim elsewhere, alongside ads, with no acknowledgement that its creator needs to eat to create more great work, makes me want to give up.

Especially because at our subscription rates we charge essentially pennies per piece - a measly sip let alone the cost of a cheap coffee once a month.

Any advice on how to respond? We don't want to come down like a ton of bricks with legal notices. We want those who value our stuff enough to share it - and all their readers - to come back and read us again. We only survive if people find us. But creators are like farmers producing food: if people just take without giving anything back, we starve, stop producing, and nobody wins. What to do?

And don't say any exposure is great. We've all been at this long enough to know, too well, that people and good media die of exposure.

PS: Please go ahead and "share" this rant if you want. I release all copyright to it - this issue needs exposure.
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