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[News] Guardian Hands is Over to Readers, Dutch Newspapers Want Bailout

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The Guardian Embraces Crowdsourcing The News In Useful Ways

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| Following the recent controversy over expense claims from UK elected 
| officials, the paper put all the data online and let people dig through it to 
| see what they could find -- and they found a lot of interesting stuff that a 
| group of reporters, by themselves almost certainly never would have had the 
| time or skill to dig out (some of it included statistical analysis of the 
| data).     
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http://techdirt.com/articles/20090623/0305205322.shtml

Netherlands Considers Internet Tax To Fund Newspapers That Can't Compete

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| A bunch of folks have been sending in various versions of this translated 
| article from Holland, noting a proposal that's been brought forth to tax 
| internet connections in order to give the money to industries that are having 
| trouble competing, such as newspapers.   
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http://techdirt.com/articles/20090623/1440545332.shtml


Recent:

Newspapers' Plan For Survival: Charge Money, Beat Up On Craigslist And Keep
Repeating To Ourselves That We're Needed

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| There's been plenty of coverage about the potentially antitrust-violating
| meeting of newspaper execs in Chicago recently, and late last week reports
| came out about some of the recommendations put forth by the American Press
| Institute at that meeting. The API apparently handed out two whitepapers,
| both of which are amusing, only in that someone actually thinks they're
| useful. The first was effectively saying: "Craigslist really sucks, so let's
| try to beat up on Craigslist."
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http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20090608/1724305171.shtml


Would Joint Action on Online Pricing Violate Antitrust Laws?

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| The under-the-radar meeting hosted by the Newspaper Association of America
| (NAA) Thursday brought together top newspaper executives to discuss various
| issues, including the much-debated topic of charging for online content.
|
| Participants aren't commenting specifically on their discussions, but the
| summit raises the question: Can newspapers collectively decide to put content
| behind a pay wall? And if they did, would that violate antitrust laws?
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http://www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003977926


Shhhh. Newspaper Publishers Are Quietly Holding a Very, Very Important Conclave
Today. Will You Soon Be Paying for Online Content?

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| Here's a story the newspaper industry's upper echelon apparently kept from
| its anxious newsrooms: A discreet Thursday meeting in Chicago about their
| future.
|
| "Models to Monetize Content" is the subject of a gathering at a hotel which
| is actually located in drab and sterile suburban Rosemont, Illinois; slabs of
| concrete, exhibition halls and mostly chain restaurants, whose prime reason
| for being is O'Hare International Airport. It's perfect for quickie,
| in-and-out conclaves.
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http://correspondents.theatlantic.com/james_warren/2009/05/shhhh_newspaper_publishers_are_quietly_holding_a_very_very_important_conclave_today_will_you_soon_be.php


Newspapers Gather In Secret (With An Antitrust Lawyer) To Collude Over Paywalls

http://techdirt.com/articles/20090528/1832395048.shtml


San Jose Mercury News: No One Reads Us Any More, So Let's Start Charging

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| Media News, the current owner of the Merc, has announced that it's now going
| to start charging for online access to the paper, which seems like a move
| destined to fail dismally (and quickly).
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http://techdirt.com/articles/20090517/2210564914.shtml


Sony Pictures CEO: Nothing Good Has Come From The Internet

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| Perhaps part of the problem is the execs who work under him. Mathew Ingram
| points out that at a recent panel discussion the CEO of Sony Pictures,
| Michael Lynton, said: "I'm a guy who doesn't see anything good having come
| from the internet. Period."
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http://techdirt.com/articles/20090515/1301064900.shtml


Lawyers: To Save Newspapers, Let's Destroy Pretty Much Everything Else Good

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| That would be a massive reinterpretation of copyright law, and would
| effectively destroy much of what makes the internet useful. This proposal
| would make it illegal to index the web. It would outlaw search engines. Yes,
| for the sake of saving some outdated newspaper businesses, these lawyers wish
| to make it so that before a search engine can index any website, it needs to
| negotiate permission. This would kill the internet.
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http://techdirt.com/articles/20090517/0236594905.shtml


Why Are AGs Targeting Craigslist Rather Than Newspapers Or Other Websites?

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| With Craigslist caving on how it manages its "adult" ads, we've noted that
| some politicians are still angry, despite having been a part of the group
| that bought into the agreement Craigslist made with them six months ago.
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http://techdirt.com/articles/20090517/1225254907.shtml


Why Are Newspapers Exploiting The People They Cover?

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| When we recently wrote about yet another journalist complaining about how
| Google exploits their content, someone in the comments made a really salient
| point that should get wider exposure. If you go by the journalist's own
| logic, then the truth is that they are exploiting the newsmakers they cover.
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http://techdirt.com/articles/20090417/1544524544.shtml
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