As he said on his Twitter feed:
In a succession of tweets he points out that:
I took great care in writing my tribute. I didn’t ask some writer with a deadline to copy it and gut it of all feeling.
…they edited out the last time I saw him. My last remembrance of him.
I didn’t know about it until I did an interview with ‘The Last Word’ and they said “We saw your piece in the Times”.
For the record, I don’t want compensation. But an apology, a reprint of the full tribute and donation to Edward’s memorial would be nice.
See also the Times tribute which gives away the end of The Wicker Man in its one-sentence summary of the plot.
Would it really have been that hard for someone at The Times to contact the director and ask for a quote, or even credit his blog without making out that he was a contributor?
The paper has since run a clarification on their website:
All this is rather ironic given that Times editor James Harding has recently been giving his opinions on newspapers and the web.
Hopefully part of their strategy won’t involve copying other people’s freely available work without credit, misleading readers and then charging them for the privilege.