Remember Righthaven, the "copyright troll" that was threatening to sue anyone and everyone who reposted copyrighted content online? The company was ultimately drummed out of existence, in part for its distasteful tactics.
But the ouster of Righthaven left one issue on the table: can reposting an entire article ever be fair use?
I don't think it can. But a federal judge in Nevada, probably in his understandable eagerness to make Righthaven go away, issued a ruling that leaves the door open for infringing bloggers to argue that posting entire articles can be fair use or at least so harmless as to be non-actionable.
No matter how distasteful we find a company like Righthaven, that distaste should not be allowed to gut the body of intellectual property law upon which our global economy -- moving steadily away from production of goods -- depends. Republishing an entire article should be an absolute no no. I hope Righthaven gets the opportunity to appeal on that issue.