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  • Subject: [News] Newspapers Cartel Revs up Attack on Internet
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 13 Oct 2009 14:16:52 +0100
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The AP and News Corp DEMAND To Be Paid For Their Content

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| Really? The AP's response to people 
| linking to and discussing AP articles is 
| to go after sites for money? I am waiting 
| to see which news organization will be the 
| first to go after Twitter for payment for 
| news tweets. Instead of focusing on how to 
| demand payment for the distribution of an 
| infinite good, news organizations should 
| recognize the new opportunities afforded 
| by the free distribution of their content 
| and focus on how to build a business off 
| their scarce goods.


Jimmy Leach: Murdoch will pay for the end of free news

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| Rupert Murdoch has thrown down the 
| gauntlet to search engines with his threat 
| to charge the likes of Google for 
| presenting his newspapersâ content in 
| search results.


âThe Economistâ switches to online subscription mode

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| It tends to be difficult to generate 
| income both from free and subscription-
| based content. The reason for that is the 
| abundance of information online. So it is 
| likely that other free media services will 
| even further expand their importance as 
| information sources and marginalise 
| traditional journalistic content 
| providers. It is a fatal process of 
| structural change where we still donât 
| know if the traditional media online would 
| be a sustainable model.


Reuters does the opposite of AP, WSJ, and the The Economist. They embrace the 
"link economy" as they call it and also use Free software:

Reuters using Drupal

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| Anyone who reads the news knows that Reuters is a major news agency; in
| fact, it is the world's largest international multimedia news agency.



Tall Pay Walls May Limit Community Access to Information

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| A number of commentators, led by blogger Alan Mutter, have noted lately that
| the paid online content bandwagon seems to be stalling into a lot of talk and
| not much action. But what if newspapers rally and act in unison to make much
| of what they offer online available only to those who pay?


Newspapers go 'Open Core' to survive

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| The Financial Times, for example, is looking for ways to balance free use of
| its news assets while charging for premium content through micropayments (for
| individual articles) and subscriptions. The idea is to give away the core of
| its product to casual readers and charge for more "professional" interest.


Newspapersâ Original Sin: Not failing to charge but failing to innovate

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| Our Original Sin was failing to  see beyond our original business model, not
| failing to force more of it on the new opportunity.


Oh Look, Bloggers Can Do Investigative Reporting Too

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| In the latest example, sent in by Chris, a blogger in Florida has apparently
| been doing an excellent job breaking a number of key stories concerning a
| recent murder. Even the local police say they're now seriously investigating
| leads brought to their attention by this guy's reporting -- even as the local
| mainstream press continued to argue against what the guy was reporting.


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.


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.


Judge Posner Recommends Extending Copyright Law To Protect Newspapers

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| But, really, the idea that some extra protectionism is needed to create news
| gathering operations suggests an ignorance of what's actually happening in
| the marketplace. Yes, it's messy right now, but more and more news gathering
| operations are showing up every day -- and they're doing things more
| efficiently, embracing the power of new technologies to do so, rather than
| relying on the old inefficient structures. This is a good thing.


German Publishers demand greater intellectual property laws to protect quality

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| The principle publishing houses aligned themselves with trade unions of the
| music, film and advertising industries at the "International Media Dialogue"
| in Hamburg earlier this month to discuss to question "No Future for Paid
| Content? Media Industry Under Pressure".


Bloggers share a moral code

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| Andy Koh, Alvin Lim and Ng Ee Soon of Nanyang Technological University,
| Singapore used a web survey of 1,224 international bloggers with active,
| text-based blogs to find out more about the authors, their ethical ideals and
| how they put these into practice. Of those surveyed, about half were male and
| 65 percent were under 30. Most were well educated, and the majority were from
| the US - 65  percent - with no other country accounting for more than eight
| percent of the participants.


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).


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.


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."


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?


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.


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


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).


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."


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.


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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