Mike Ayers wrote:

> Hmmm - the NYT is based in the United States, where copyright
have an explicit exemption for academic usage.

Ah, but it isn't the copyright that is the problem here, though Marco used
that term. It is the "license agreement" that one agrees to in order to
access their web-based service. So it might have been acceptable to scan
the actual newspaper for academic usage (because that would be in line with
copyright laws), but their web site has stricter guidelines based on
contract, not copyright.