A sharp-eyed reader noticed an odd editor's note at the bottom of an INDenver Times account about the CU Buffs' 24-0 victory over the Wyoming Cowboys this past weekend. It reads: "Comments have been turned off on football stories involving CU to meet the university's requirement for giving media credentials to Web site reporters and photographers."
Turns out this line means precisely what it says. According to Dave Plati, CU's director of sports information, the university will not provide press passes to websites lacking a print or broadcast component unless they disallow pseudonymous posts or anonymous comments -- an absolutely standard function in the Internet age.
It's really hard for me to read that article and not simply throw down my laptop in disgust. They disdain with which the RIAA views its own consumers is just staggering. I wonder if this is something that could eventually go to the Supreme Court.