[LINK] Rupert Murdoch vs. the Internet
kim at holburn.net
Sun Jan 10 22:53:55 AEDT 2010
A sad tale.
> But momentum is building in the media industry for a
> counteroffensive, and Murdoch is once again leading the charge.
> The News Corp. founder and CEO, and other publishers, have trained
> their guns on search engines and news aggregator sites like Google
> and Digg.com, calling them "content kleptomaniacs" and accusing them
> of stealing content to line their own pockets. More importantly,
> large numbers of publishers and news wire services are on the verge
> of erecting pay walls around their online media properties, cutting
> off much of the torrent of free content that fuels the Web 24/7.
> "The Internet now is this socialist model where everybody can access
> everything for free, but the democratization of the industry has
> become unsustainable," says Alfonso Marone, a media strategist with
> Value Partners in London.
> I t's now obvious the decision to throw the doors wide open to free
> stories was a colossal mistake from the start for newspapers. Walter
> Hussman, owner and publisher of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, could
> have told anyone that.
> Traditionally, newspapers earned about 80 per cent of their revenue
> through advertising, with the rest coming from subscriptions.
80% is that right? I would have thought it was quite a bit higher
> There are many logistical and legal questions left to be answered.
> For one thing, what's to stop people from simply copying and pasting
> stories onto their blogs? In the view of some, what's needed is an
> overhaul of copyright laws. Last summer, Richard Posner, a U.S Court
> of Appeals judge, suggested "expanding copyright law to bar online
> access to copyrighted materials." Posner also proposed a ban on
> "linking to or paraphrasing copyrighted materials without the
> copyright holder's consent." The idea was roundly panned, and many
> journalists accused Posner of trying to protect an outdated version
> of the news industry. But Murdoch has also raised the spectre of
> lawsuits, threatening to go after the BBC's online news site. "If
> you look at them, most of their stuff is stolen from the newspapers
> now, and we'll be suing them for copyright," he said recently.
And I thought the BBC had a widespread group of foreign correspondents
gathering its own news but really it's all stolen from Murdoch. There
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