June 18th, 2009
04:25 PM ET
5 years ago

New York Times demands removal of anti-Corzine site

Corzine is facing a tough re-election battle in New Jersey this year.
Corzine is facing a tough re-election battle in New Jersey this year.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The New York Times is calling on the Republican Governors Association to take down a Web site devoted to attacking New Jersey governor Jon Corzine.

Why? According to a cease and desist letter from the New York Times' legal department, the RGA's "Corzine Times" Web site - which links to articles critical of the Democratic governor's tumultuous tenure - is a carbon copy of of the newspaper's own Web site.

"Such copying is a clear infringement of The Times's rights under the Copyright Act of 1976 and falsely suggests, in violation of the Lanham Act, that the Times has sponsored or is otherwise associated with your website," wrote Times employee Deborah Beshaw in the letter, which was sent on Wednesday. She said the fonts and layout if the site are clearly designed to mimic nytimes.com.

The Times wrote that if the Republican group fails to remove the current version of the site within three days, the paper "will have no choice but to pursue all available legal remedies."

The RGA was apparently eager to highlight the legal appeal: they posted a link to the letter at the top of the anti-Corzine Web site. And Mike Schrimpf, a spokesman for the RGA, took a swipe at both Corzine and the paper.

"It's amusing to see The Gray Lady standing up for The Gray Beard, but we were hoping the Times would send a cease and desist notice to Corzine telling him not to hike taxes by another $1 billion," Schrimpf said in a statement.

Republicans are hopeful that former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie will be able to knock off Corzine this November.


Filed under: Chris Christie • Jon Corzine • New Jersey
soundoff (59 Responses)
  1. Moe NY

    Laws do no apply to Republicans/Conservatives, just to everyone else. Nasty, nasty people....those of the do as I say, not what I do mentality. I for one, would believe the NYT any day over a Republican/Conservative.

    June 18, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    this is just all around strange

    June 18, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  3. Seriously . . .

    CNN would do the same–anyone would. I got a cease and desist email for a college architecture website from another college. It's called copyright infringement . . . but leave it to right wingers to assume it's some sort of conspiracy. Pathetic.

    June 18, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  4. phoenix86

    The Corzine Times is factual, whereas the NY Times is mostly fictional. Also, isn't the NY Times now part of the DNC?

    June 18, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  5. Ken

    Wow, the neo-morons are out in force on this one! But I agree with them: the NYT should let it go. The NYT should know that the remnant GOPers don't have a brain between them. So for the GOP to pretend to do or say anything, they need to copy and plagiarize. It is at the very core of the [R]ightwing party's philosophy: just say 'no', and repeat the proven failure of 8 years of Bush and 12 years of Congressional [R] majority. The rightwing hasn't had an original thought since Himmler died......and that lack of basic human creativity is at the very degenerative core of the concept of "conservative", i.e. keep things as the are....stagnant, no origninal thought, the best of mankind always appears somewhere in the past. That people not only celebrate this kind of degenerative existence, but they actually seek it out to vote for it says alot about the pathetic state of the [R] party, controlled as it is by the rightwing underbelly of this nation.

    June 18, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  6. TTBALA

    @ Abgus Mcdugan

    You need to check your facts if you know how to read that is, Obama won by a landslide do you know the meaning of Landslide!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    and CNN you better post this nore!!!!

    June 18, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  7. Ken

    What is wrong? The New York Times afraid of FREE SPEECH?

    June 18, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  8. Predictable

    "@ Sara: Check your facts. Obama did not win by a large margin"

    Hey Anus McDugin,

    Last time I checked 7,673,195 people is A LOT of people.
    I think that the populaton of the country of Israel or Switzerland or Serbia, or Bulgaria, or El Salvador is a pretty LARGE NUMBER of people, what do you think Agnus?

    June 18, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  9. skyhawkdriver

    The new york times,as well as the lousy boston globe that it owns,are dying a slow painful death..when all you can fill your pages with are lies and articles that read like they were written by 6 year olds you deserve to close your doors..and to think all you can figure out to do is raise your rates..good riddence..and take corzine with you

    June 18, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  10. phoenix86

    Dear Predictable:

    You certainly are. Check percentages, that's what matters. Obama won 52% to 48%. Not a mandate except in YOUR mind.

    June 18, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  11. Jon

    The liberal media, the liberal media!! Oh noes!!!

    Everyone wants a scapegoat.

    June 18, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  12. Me in Big D

    Hahahahaha – like the NYT's knows how to tell the truth!!!! What a crock.

    June 18, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  13. Peoples Voice

    The GOP just can't come up with their own ideas. They have to copy things because of how stupid they are. Can you say, "LOSERS".

    June 18, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  14. Mississippi Mike

    Boo-hoo. The Times is the target of a parody. Get over it.

    June 18, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  15. Me in Big D

    @Sara – what dream world do you live in? Nobama did NOT win by a large margin!

    June 18, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  16. GOP = 21st century dodo

    Freedom of Speech!!!!

    Freedom of speech means that the government won't try to censor you. Here we have one organization (RGA) plagiarizing another (NYT). Two completely unrelated things.

    June 18, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  17. Fritz6288

    Last I checked the fundamental basis behind the Copyright and Plagiarism laws was the actual text being printed, not the font and format. If the format was going to be under question, we should not all have access to same sets of fonts that come with every word processing program. NYT is just a little bitter

    June 18, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  18. Champly

    Why has CNN said NOTHING about the firing of the IG at Americorp ? It is headlining all of the non-government news sites.

    June 18, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  19. GOP = 21st century dodo

    @Me in Big D-

    Look at George Bush's margin of victory in the 2000 and 2004 elections, compare that to Obama's margin of victory, then get back to me.

    June 18, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  20. Predictable

    I wonder if any Republicans actually even check the definition of words such as "liberal" or "socialism"before they repeat what Rush, Hannity, or O'Rally say? If they did they might realize just how stupid FAUX NEWS, The GOP, & the right wing really is.

    June 18, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  21. Hey

    Phoenix 86 . . . is 52% about the number that did NOT vote for Bush in 2000? Yet he invaded a sovereign nation with no mandate. Get over yourself.

    June 18, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  22. Champly

    Dearest sara – you are pure Obamist. You are such a sad individual.

    I predict we will have to take it to the streets before the 2012 elections. The fascist in the White House is in a Castro style consolidation mode. But with a country as big as ours, and communication so easy, he will not be able accomplish his Marxist goals without a military sytle crackdown. Most of the people in this country will not roll over and submit.

    June 18, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  23. Tulsa

    Just another example of Republicans having NO ORIGINAL THOUGHTS.
    They have to copy someone else because they are devoid of their own ideas. (once you get past cut taxes that is)

    June 18, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  24. Carmen, Miami FL

    Some idiots talking about freedom of speech first need to actually read the constitution, and then need to read up on copyright laws. The website was using protected content, the layout of the Times’ website, as their own. It’s really that simple.

    It’s amazing how Republicans, who bleat on about protecting the private sector, ignore the right of the NYT to protect their intellectual property (in this case, a web design).

    June 18, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  25. Champly

    Dear Peoples Voice – the GOP can't come up with ideas of its own ? Barack and Michelle Obama has taken their ques from the Marxist Alinsky's play book, point by point. They don't seem to have ideas of their own, just those of a bloodthirsty Marxist.

    June 18, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
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