National Post demands $150 for for permission to run short excerpts

“I’m a big fan of Chris Selley, the National Post writer behind Full Pundit, a daily look the Canadian editorial and opinion columns (last year Selley was also a vocal supporter of the much-needed Fire Ron Wilson campaign)”, blogs Ottawa law law professor Michael Geist, going on »»»

selleyThe Full Pundit features a summary of the most notable editorial writing in Canadian media accompanied by quotations from the original works.

I’m quite sure that Selley does not ask for permission to quote from those other works since fair dealing for news reporting purposes permits their use without the need to do so. Yet if someone wants to post a quote from Selley or anything else written by the National Post, they are now presented with pop-up box seeking a licence that starts at $150 for the Internet posting of 100 words with an extra fee of 50 cents for each additional word (the price is cut in half for non-profits).

  (Have the National Post publishers been talking to Rupert Murdoch, do you think?)

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