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The high court upholds freelancers' online rights

The New York Times famously prides itself on publishing "all the news that's fit to print." But that slogan was coined a century before the digital age. Last week, after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that freelance writers retained full rights to their work in cyberspace, the Times began to purge its electronic archives of 115,000 articles that freelancers had written from 1980 to 1995. For freelancers who don't want their work expunged, the Times set up a Web page where they can waive their rights to past articles. Says Times spokeswoman Catherine Mathis: "We don't want to be considered in...

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