Denseness in the copyright sphere is too common a phenomenon, but it's bizarre and not a little scary when the offender is a newspaper. After all, newspapers rely in part on the notion of "fair use" -- using short quotes from others' work -- to create their daily report.
Now we have the Tulsa World, an Oklahoma paper, launching legal threats against a blogger who's been quoting from and linking to its stories. It's demanding that the site take down "any articles and/or editorials (in whole or in part)" as well as unauthorized links.
If the blog has been republishing stories in full or using substantial portions of them, that's a no-no. But short quotes plainly fall under fair use -- and links, for heaven's sake, are just links to publicly available Web content.
Earth to Tulsa World: Stop being so arrogant, and get a clue. Sheesh.