Letters to the editor are accepted with a license of "permission to
publish unless otherwise stated", and online would be considered a
legal aspect of their publication.
I user could, I guess, refuse to allow the NY Times to publish their
letter in newspapers distributed in the state of connecticut -- but teh
NY Times would do that by never publishing that letter.....
I sort of see it like someone who gets up on a soapbox on a
streetcorner and starts telling anyone who's, oh, Jamaican to leave
because they aren't allowed to listen to him. By standing up on the
streetcorner, they're consciously choosing a public space, and that
limits their right to define who can and can't listen in... no
'reasonable person' would believe that jamaican limitation to be
On Thursday, May 1, 2003, at 11:13 AM, Bernie Cosell wrote:
As an interesting analogy, I discovered this
morning, somewhat to my surprise, that the NYTimes has letters to the
editor available via its website -- I wonder if the license implicit in
sending a letter to the editor of a newspaper included putting that
letter on the web...