Sunday, May 6, 2007

Copyright Story Reveals New Stadium Plans

Omaha World-Herald Front, 5/6/7The Omaha World-Herald took out a copyright for its front-page story in Sunday's editions announcing the city's plans to build a new baseball stadium and demolish venerable Rosenblatt Stadium.

The story, co-written by sports columnist Tom Shatel and government services beat writer C. David Kotok, outlines the option of constructing a ballpark in the downtown area near the Creighton University campus and the Qwest Center. The stadium would include approximately 9,000 permanent seats, with the ability to use portable seating to expand its capacity to 25,000 seats.

Rosenblatt Stadium was built in 1947 and has a capacity of 23,145. It has served as home to the College World Series for the past 57 years. More than $30 million in improvements to Rosenblatt Stadium have been made to ensure the CWS remains in Omaha.

A copyright on a news story only protects the wording and ordering of phrases. One important exception to copyright law permits the "fair use" of copyrighted work for purposes such as news reporting - meaning other news agencies may refer to the story by noting that the World-Herald took out a copyright on the story.

As of Sunday morning, The Associated Press had not moved an abbreviated version of the story on the Nebraska wire. In the past, the AP has shared copyright stories with its members by using the phrase, "in a copyright story," somewhere in the opening paragraphs of the story.

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

Can we assume, then, that the OWH will pay for construction of said new stadium, rather than we taxpayers?

Anonymous said...

What I find most interesting is the continual reference to "NoDo" - rather than what it really is - North Downtown Omaha.

Could it be that the "influencers" in this town do not want the word "North" and its negative connotations to be part of this new development?

Anonymous said...

Maybe the "Weird Hemorrhoid" can put a copywrite on the term "Waste of Taxpayer dollars", too!

Between the cost of constructing the pedestrian bridge to nowhere, and now this latest possible boondoggle, the city and county could save enough money to stop charging us those ridiculously high automobile "user" fees.

...which, by the way, is far more unconstitutional than writing about a proposed stadium project without using the term "copywrite".

Anonymous said...

Nodo??

That sounds like it should be the name of a villain in a Star Wars film: "General Nodo: Power up the Death Star!"

Or are we trying to make Omaha sound way more important than it is: Like Weho or Soho or whatever the heck they have in those really big cities that have something other than a Triple A team?

Anonymous said...

"NO DO" - that pretty much says it all...it's so sad...everything that made Omaha "Omaha" (Ak Sar Ben, Peony Park, possibly Rosenblatt) is disappearing.

Anonymous said...

I like the idea. The zoo can expand into the Rosenblatt area, create new parking and further development of North Omaha can continue and it also gets Creighton a new place to play baseball. I like it!

Anonymous said...

4:57 There is a time to stop living in the past and look forward to the future. Things like Aksarben and Peony Park were nice in at their height, but both were absolute dumps in the years leading up to their closures.

MisterKnowItAll said...

The AP did move a story this afternoon and it did credit the Omaha World-Herald, though not in the body of the story.

Isn't this considered a copyright violation, since they used the same wording?

The Omaha AP office has steadily gone downhill over the years. I don't know why we pay them so much to recycle old news anyway.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous #3 wrote:

'Between the cost of constructing the pedestrian bridge to nowhere, and now this latest possible boondoggle, the city and county could save enough money to stop charging us those ridiculously high automobile "user" fees.'..

First: The cost of the Pedestrian Bridge is footed completely by the federal government. No taxpayer dollars will be spent paying for it. If Omaha decided not to use the grant money, the fed would have given the funds to another city. That wouls have been Omaha's loss.

Second: As the W-H artice states, funding for the potential North Downtown ballpatk has yet to be determined. Lets not be so dismissive until we find out how the park will actually be funded.

Third: I agree with anonymous #6 and #7!

Anonymous said...

anon 6:14 - Yeah, Rosenblatt. What a dump. I'm sure it'll make a nice parking lot. Renovate Ak and Peony and whatever if needed, but at least continue to utilize parts of it that are useful rather than being so quick to tear it down. I'd take the Peony Park Ballroom any day over Hy-Vee.

Anonymous said...

If the NCAA wants it the city council will do it. Those wimps won't do anything to have the CWS taken from Omaha.

Anonymous said...

BUILDING NEW ARENAS IS A SCAM RAN BY THE RICH WHEELERS AND DEALERERS IN EVERY COMMUNITY IN THE COUNTRY.....THE RICH CONTROL WHERE ITS GOING TO BE BUILT AND WHAT CONTRACTOR BUILDS IT....THE RICH DEVELOPERS AND CONTRACTORS ARE THE ONE THAT REALLY STAND TO BENEFIT......ITS NOT THE STADIUMS FAULT THE OMAHA ROYALS DONT DRAW CROWDS.....THE OMAHA ROYALS ARE POORLY PROMOTED AND OVERPRICED!.....LOWER THE TICKET PRICES AND PROMOTE THE ROYALS AND THEY WILL COME

Anonymous said...

Hey Anon 6:54. You wrote:

First: The cost of the Pedestrian Bridge is footed completely by the federal government. No taxpayer dollars will be spent paying for it. If Omaha decided not to use the grant money, the fed would have given the funds to another city. That wouls have been Omaha's loss.

No taxpayer dollars? It was our federal taxpayer dollars. God old fashion pork, plain and simple.

Anonymous said...

Karl Marx is alive and well.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 7:25:

1) Lose the caps lock...

2) It costs $6, $8 or $10 to go to a Royals game. They couldn't possibly lower ticket prices without losing MORE money.

Obbop said...

"The cost of the Pedestrian Bridge is footed completely by the federal government. No taxpayer dollars will be spent paying for it."

Possible!!!!!

Feds just print more dollars instead of grabbing those in circulation.

However, doing that devalues the ones IN circulation.... another way to mumble "inflation."

We, the people, pay for everything eventually.

All is passed along in the cost of goods, services and taxation.

Those who have lived elsewhere know how backwards this bizarre strange place Nebraska is... and the "old buddy" system moves in wondrous ways to support the local elites.

Stuck here now but eagerly awaiting the day Old Coot can depart for saner pastures.

What normal person can afford all these "Nebraska values"?

Ben said...

NoDo??? What is the World Herald trying to do? Make Omaha sound hip? Please, just say North of Downtown Omaha. Leave the acroynms for New York and other cities that are more famous for them.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 8:47 wrote-

'No taxpayer dollars? It was our federal taxpayer dollars. God old fashion pork, plain and simple.'.

You must be an Ed Jashka disciple. Good grief. Some peoele will never be happy. If Omaha didn't put the fed grant money to use, another city would have gotten it for a city enhancement project. Do you think that little of Omaha? Maybe NYC should have gotten it, right? Chicago??.

The pedestrian bridge will be a national symbol for Omaha and a wonderful addition to the Omaha riverfront. It will also (surprise) spark a tourist attraction enviornment which will create millions of dollara in revenue for the city each year once completed. In the long run, not too shabby 'old fashioned pork' eh?

Anonymous said...

Thank you Omaha Chamber of Commerce for giving us your 2-cents!!

Obbop said...

"The pedestrian bridge will be a national symbol for Omaha"

Uhhhh, how often do you think of Bakersfield California? Or, Pittsburgh, PA?

That's about as much as the rest of the nation will think of Omaha.

Let me assure thee; if a national poll was taken after that bridge is built, only a minute minority will even be aware of its existence and even fewer will be awed by it.

Provincialism is alove and well in the cultural backwater.

Anonymous said...

Troll alert!

Anonymous said...

Definition of 'Provincialism':

'The condition of being provincial; lack of sophistication or perspective.'

I would say that aptly describes obbop's latest contribution here.

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