Archive of UserLand's first discussion group, started October 5, 1998.
Author: Mark Kennedy Posted: 11/16/1999; 2:55:37 PM Topic: CallTheShots.com Msg #: 13115 Prev/Next: 13114 / 13116
Hey all, here's a new topic in the "What's fair use" conversation...
(EDIT: It turns out this isn't a new conversation after all! Lawrence Lee pointed me to a previous thread on this exact topic: http://discuss.userland.com/msgReader$12929 Thanks Lawrence! I didn't see anyone mention before the fact that they purposefully strip out any framebusting code. This is one of the things that really aggrevates me about them, beyond the copyright issues...)
The site CallTheShots.com lets users cull content from just about any site on the web and compile it together on one customized page accessed through the CallTheShots site. For example, check this URL which includes content from CNET, SlashDot, redherring, and others:
Here's a link to their HowTo that shows you an overview of what their site can do:
I have two main issues with the site:
1. They allow users to cull content down to a nearly atomic level, i.e. they can cull not only a headline, but entire stories, or paragraphs from the story, or a graphic, or a particular table, whatever. This is basically a site scraping tool that works for just about any site. My problem with this is that I have *no* control over what parts of my content can be culled, unlike a syndication (RSS) model where I control which headlines from which stories are made available. In the CallTheShots.com model, there is no reason for the user to ever click into my site because all of the content the user is interested in can be viewed on the CallTheShots.com site. The only mention that I am guaranteed is a small link back to my site's hompage, which will *always* be framed by the call the shots site because...
I'd be interested in hearing any comments folks have about this tool. Do you think it's a legitimate use of the web? It doesn't pass my "smell test", but others may disagree.
There are responses to this message:
- Survey: CallTheShots.com, Dave Winer, 11/16/1999; 3:58:05 PM
- Re: CallTheShots.com, Eric Soroos, 11/16/1999; 4:43:39 PM
- Re: CallTheShots.com, Brian Carnell, 11/16/1999; 4:58:08 PM
- Where's Ted Nelson?, Bill Humphries, 11/16/1999; 6:37:20 PM
- Re: CallTheShots.com, Joe, 11/16/1999; 8:36:34 PM
- Re: CallTheShots.com, Kevin Kelleher, 11/17/1999; 7:06:44 AM
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