SBD/Issue 202/Sports Media

GolfObserver.com Examined By Washington Times

Web Site Features Original Content
From Billy Casper And Frank Hannigan
GolfObserver.com was examined by the WASHINGTON TIMES’ Barker Davis, who noted the site “provides readers with a comprehensive set of links to each day’s golf stories from around the globe,” but there is “no copyright infringement involved because [the site] isn’t capturing and claiming the stories.” Publisher Sal Johnson is “merely providing links to each individual publication’s story on its own Web site.” While the Web site’s article links are its “main attraction,” it also offers original content with “more than a dozen journalists and insiders” including regular columns from former golfer Billy Casper and former USGA Exec Dir Frank Hannigan. The Web site is adding a new feature called BizObserver on August 4, which will include stories and links to articles on “equipment, apparel and the business of golf and Course Observer, a section dedicated to exploring the planet’s best layouts and places to play.” Meanwhile, Golf Digest has bought the rights to feature Johnson’s GolfStats on its Web site (WASHINGTON TIMES, 7/16).

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