Hey EXPRESS, you stink

While writing yesterday’s post about the Jonathan Coulton show today I found that he’d been written up in the May 22nd edition of Express, WaPo’s freebie ripoff of USA Today’s in-depth reporting. I could read the article itself on page 53 of the PDF edition but when I went to copy the address for Ram’s Head…. nothing.

When some old cruft pasted into the edit window instead of what I wanted I just assumed I’d failed to press CONTROL-C correctly and went back to the other window to do it again. And discovered that Express apparently releases their PDFs with copy functionality disabled. It’ll let you highlight something – just to get your hopes up, I guess – but no copy.

Really? Your various puff-pieces in your giveaway paper are so precious that I need to be prevented from copying a paragraph? Admittedly, in the realm of difficulties in my life having to re-type that address into the google maps bar isn’t such a trial, but c’mon guys – what’s gained by making my life more difficult? The entirety of the WaPo daily can be copied from the web. Open up your PDFs.

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