|Greenberg Traurig Attorney Ian Ballon|
I just received this letter from the Herald's law firm, Greenberg Traurig.
It appears that the attorney, Ian Ballon, has done some sloppy research.
There are several factual errors in his letter.
Ballon accuses me of posting photos in a "large size, rather than in a smaller size."
In an email to the Herald's Suzanne Levinson, I pointed out that the photos in question were reduced substantially from the larger size posted on the Herald's web site. Ballon apparently doesn't communicate with his client.
Ballon also says that my blog has "many advertisements." My blog has a grand total of three local paid advertisements. The income derived from those ads wouldn't cover Ballon's latte bills at Starbucks for a week.
Ballon accuses me of "reproducing complete Miami Herald articles." He's partly right. I have posted older articles from the Herald archives. I contend that these articles (some 20 years old) are historic artifacts.
I do not cut and paste current Miami Herald articles.
If Mr. Ballon really wants to see an example of "cut and paste" blogging he need look no further than his client's web site!
Kyle Munzenrieder at Miami New Times emailed me a link to the Miami Herald's political blog where writer Lesley Clark has cut and pasted substantial portions of a National Review article with out so much as a link.
(The Orlando Sentinel's political blog goes Clark one better.) It appears that cut and paste is alive and well on newspaper blogs!