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[News] Intellectual Monopolies Around Publication Are Dying

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The Nichepaper Manifesto

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| Dear Newspaper Magnates,
| So you're going to try and charge people for news yet again. Cart, meet 
| horse. 
| Journalists didn't make 20th century newspapers profitable — readers did. 
| 20th century newspapers were never supernormally profitable because of what 
| they wrote: it was the natural monopoly dynamics of classifieds that fueled 
| massive margins.    


AOL Newsroom Now Has (Wow) 1,500 Writers

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| AOL now has 1,500 people writing content across its scores of content 
| sub-brands, we’ve confirmed. Around 1,000 of those people are working full 
| time for AOL, the rest are freelancing. That’s more than double the number 
| that they had creating content a year ago, and by this time next year, we’ve 
| heard, the plan is to have 2-3x as many people as they do now.    


The Nichepaper and the Failure of the Fourth Estate

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| It's time for the news media to face the music. The 20th Century news media 
| turned a blind eye to responsibility. Because they failed to fight for the 
| rest of us, newspapers have to suffer with the rest of us. Consider it 
| penance for a job poorly done.   


Is There Really A 'Piracy' Problem For Newspapers?

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| A few years ago, newspapers were all blaming Craigslist for their own 
| business model problems. Then, of course, it became popular to blame Google. 
| However, there's been an odd shift recently, to a claim that the problem is 
| from "pirates" and "parasites." We see this in the AP's sudden desire to DRM 
| the news by tracking how it's used and going after those it feels are using 
| its content unfairly. We see it in the Marburger brothers' plan to put legal 
| pressure on "parasitic aggregators." The problem, as we discussed, however, 
| is that these parasitic aggregators are few and far between and the 
| complaints against them just don't ring true at all.        


Homeland Security Cuts Newspaper/Magazine Subscriptions; Says To Use The Web



AP Preparing New Copyright Management System

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| The new system will register key identifying information about each piece of
| content that AP distributes as well as the terms of use of that content into
| a storage database. It also will employ a built-in "beacon" to notify AP and
| other publishers about how the content is used.


DRM for news? Inside the AP's plan to "wrap" its content

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| The Associated Press, reeling from the newspaper apocalypse, has a new plan
| to "wrap" and "protect" its content though a "digital permissions framework.
| But there's (way) less here than meets the eye.


Permission Culture: Want To Quote A Single Sentence In A Book? Pay Up!

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| Yes, it's become so impossible to quote a single short sentence, that it's
| just not worth doing at all. Welcome to permission society. Some copyright
| system believers may claim that this is just the market at work, but it
| certainly seems a lot more like an undue restriction on freedom of expression
| at the hands of copyright law.


Did European Court Just Make Search Engines Illegal? 11-Word Snippet Can Be
Copyright Infringement

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| With the AP being out there claiming that fair use only covers snippets fewer
| than five words, there are some questions about where the boundaries
| for "fair use" of "snippets" lies. Unfortunately, a new ruling in Europe
| seems to be pretty extreme (in a bad way). The ruling found that a snippet as
| short as eleven words could be copyright infringement.

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