Not only is hospital executive Paul Levy’s blog raising hackles among his colleagues, but he apparently doesn’t understand copyright law, either.
The Boston Globe’s Liz Kowalczyk reports that Levy’s blog, Running a Hospital, has put some noses out of joint not just at the institution he heads, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, but at some rival institutions, too. (The Globe doesn’t bother to link to Running a Hospital, but it’s not hard to find.)
This morning, Levy begins thusly: “Story in the Boston Globe today. I reprint it in its entirety.” And he does.
Under the fair use exception to copyright, Levy can quote a brief passage or two from the story for the purpose of commenting on it. In no way, however, can he reproduce the entire article, even if it is about him, and even if he does link back to the original.
Levy deserves credit for his outspokenness, which is rare among health-care executives. But he’s got a few things to learn about copyright.
Update: Well, that didn’t take long.
Update II: I don’t want to turn into a full-time copyright cop, but here’s another one, from Health Care for All.