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The New York Times posted an article called “Death and Football” for download on its website, in connection with a Times story this weekend about the author of “Death and Football,” Clark Booth. The problem is, “Death and Football” isn’t a New York Times article — it was published in a newspaper called the Real Paper in 1976, and the copyright is now owned by alt-weekly the Boston Phoenix, Phoenix editor Carly Carioli wrote today.But the Times photocopied and posted the article online regardless, which Carioli claims is a blatant violation of the Phoenix’s copyright.
As of now, “Death and Football” remains online. We’ve reached out to the Times for comment and will update accordingly.
UPDATE: The Times got back to us at 6:12 p.m.:
We take copyright very seriously and were not aware of the violation when the story was posted. Once it was brought to our attention, we removed the Boston Phoenix-owned article from our site.