Jason Kottke, Ken Jennings and the Jerks at Sony

To echo the sentiment from Anil Dash, I am really not interested in Jeopardy. However, reading Jason Kottke’s original postings about the Ken Jennings saga, I have enjoyed a little heightened interest in the path of the famous Ken Jennings.

A little background on this goes something like this: Kottke has been really interested in this whole Ken Jennings saga and found out several months ago that Jennings would last around 60+ episodes. Time passed… Kottke pieced together (after some research) the final questions and then managed to get the actual audio byte and posted it to his website. While it might not have been the best decision he did immediately remove it when he was contacted by Sony’s TV (legal) department. He then posted a teaser transcript of the final question that was black text on a black background. Since then Sony TV’s legal department has filed legal action against Kottke.

Sony has, however, not persued The Washington Post about their spoiler on the Jennings saga. This begs the question are blogs journalism (read more here, and read some more here), and what rights do bloggers have as individuals?

Kottke has removed the spoiler (audio and transcript) from his site and has had his enthusiasm both for blogging and Jeopardy zapped.

This post influenced by: Sony, Ken Jennings, and me (kottke.org)

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