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Consternation online for Times’ use of Edward Woodward blog tribute – Times responds

November 20th, 2009Posted by in Editors' pick, Social media and blogging

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According to reports and a tweet from the author, on Tuesday the Times printed a tribute to late actor Ed Woodward, originally written on his personal blog by director Edgar Wright, without permission:

Twitter update from @edgarwright

An edited version of Wright’s blog piece was published with a byline and picture.

Twitter critics drew a comparison with Rupert Murdoch’s recent comments about search engines and aggregators as ‘kleptomaniacs’ when it came to newspapers’ content.

But today the paper has published a clarification online:

“We have been asked to make clear that Edgar Wright’s appreciation of Edward Woodward, which appeared in the paper on Tuesday, November 17, was abridged and the full version can be read here or at www.edgarwrighthere.com/2009/11/edward-woodward-1930-2009/

Was this a response to online requests or did Wright have to go through the traditional channels? Will be interesting to know how responsive to social media commentary the Times is – we’ll try to find out.

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