New York Times: Daily News’ lifting of our Kanye West Q&A seems less than honorable

A New York Post staffer writes to Romenesko (under the subject line, “New frontiers in ‘fair use'”):

“Am trying to figure out how the Daily News runs a whole story stolen from the Times and nobody notices. This ran on a full page [on Thursday]. In the print edition, they note that the Times plans to run the piece this weekend! They scooped the paper of record on its own story.”

I asked the Times about this and spokesperson Eileen Murphy replied:

I would quarrel with your reader only on the fact that we were “scooped.” While the Jon Caramanica interview with Kanye hasn’t been published yet in print, it was posted on www.nytimes.com on Tuesday. This is in keeping with our practice of publishing select Sunday stories in advance online.

Kanye West

Kanye West

It is surprising that the Daily News didn’t even have the courtesy to provide a link to our story when the best they had to offer their readers was a summary of our interview and select answers to questions put to Kanye West by The Times. While it doesn’t rise to the level of copyright infringement, it certainly seems less than honorable.

The interview attracted a lot of attention, including this piece yesterday in New York Magazine , which did include a link to [the Times piece].

I’ve invited News music critic Jim Farber to comment.

UPDATE: “Jim Farber forwarded me your note,” writes News managing editor/features Raakhee Michandani. “In the third paragraph of our piece we say, ‘In a shall-we-say ‘far ranging’ new interview with The New York Times (set to hit print this weekend), the man who calls himself Yeezus casts his music as a moral crusade, declares himself the new Steve Jobs and explains how his success benefits us all.’ Seems clear enough to me.”

UPDATE 2: The New York Post excerpted the interview, too, and failed to link to the Times, the New York Observer reports.

* Kanye West talks about his career and album “Yeezus” (nytimes.com)
* Kanye West addresses the world from his summit in the entertainment industry (nydailynews.com)

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