To further the discussion on the role of summarizing, curating and repackaging other peoples’ work, Jim Romenesko has asked the three parties involved in a recent case to weigh in.

 

To further the discussion on the role of summarizing, curating and repackaging other peoples’ work, Jim Romenesko has asked the three parties involved in a recent case to weigh in.

For some background: New York Times magazine published an excerpt from Charles Duhigg’s forthcoming book about what companies know about you. Forbes’ Kashmir Hill repackaged the piece, clearly attributing the reporting to Duhigg. She did, however choose to focus on one particular anecdote and lead with a more provocative and specific headline. Nick O’Neill responded with this post, titled, “How Forbes stole a New York Times article and got all the traffic.”

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Since the whole issue revolves around the ethics of summarizing and re-packaging a story, I’ll leave it at that. I will say, though, that Romenesko’s piece that allows all three to respond is a must-read.

Check out Romenesko’s piece here