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"These people put it out there and it is there for the taking" and to basically not worry about any attribution, link, sourcing, etc.
Now, these are professional newspaper and magazine writers. Do most professional off-line writers think this way?
To answer your question though, pros don't advocate this. In fact, we talk a lot about blatant theft, plagiarism and other copyright issues. Remember, just because someone works "at" a media outlet doesn't mean they are a professional.
They were firmly against plagerism on "normal" terms, but felt that blogs were somehow not under that umbrella.
It wasn't that they were advocating copyright violations across the board, but just felt that blogs were not copyrighted and therefore could be copied from. That by puting the information on the internet, the people who wrote blogs put the information out so that it could be copied, in a sense.
I think that this may happen alot in professional circles because many off-line writers don't give much credence to blogs. I think many are older as well and may not realize that the DMCA exists and protects this work. I am not sure of that, but I have to wonder. I have seen other profssionals (such as graphic design) in other fields do similar things.
The commentary in blog link states that better informed attendees did protest against these assertions, so, in the world of gardening, all is not lost. It's just have a case of a few dinosaurs having been let loose in the vegetable patch...
I know a fair amount of non-web writing professionals and they don't share the views of the panel you mention. The panel you mentioned was probably filled with undereducated writers.