News Publishers Go To War With the Internet — and We All Lose
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news industry trade associations are corruptly cashing in their political capital ... their members are newspapers, and politicians are scared of them — in desperate acts of protectionism to attack platform companies. The result is a raft of legislation that will damage the internet and in the end hurt everyone, including journalists and especiall…

That “$4.7 billion” number for how much money Google makes off the news industry? It’s imaginary

The Study doing the Saying is from the News Media Alliance, the industry trade group ... the whole megillah is based on one stray number mentioned at a lunch in 2008... $100 million. From that one number, you can “extrapolate in a straightforward way” to $4.7 billion today... my son has gained exactly 39.7 pounds from the moment of his conception …

How Europe’s biggest media company infiltrated the EU – POLITICO
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the Commission had joined forces with one of Europe’s most powerful foundations to keep the European debate on track "... developing new ways and instruments to reach and engage the public”... the Bertelsmann empire is stepping into the breach. With its staunchly pro-European ideals, deep pockets and broad reach ... could end up giving Europe’s a…

The EU Copyright Directive: Winners, Losers, and What Happens Next…
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copyright organisations ... succeeded in their lobbying ... establish a narrative that those who criticised the Directive were reeled in by hysterical propaganda or puppets of Google... or against cultural creators... intensity of the lobbying stepped up ... Half of Strasbourg was wearing yellow #yes2copyright sashes ... two years of implementat…

Europe Against the Net
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three documents from Europe about regulating the net:.... I see danger for the net and its freedoms posed by corporate protectionism and a rising moral panic about technology... Articles 11 & 13: Protectionism gone mad... Article 11 link tax... likely cover many of the snippets shown ... to give you an idea of what they lead to….No exceptions are …

Why is The New York Times so afraid of my chatbot?
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chatbots and other conversational services should be given the right to link to websites without the threat of legal action.

It’s time for news organizations to embrace Creative Commons
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ProPublica, for example, has always encouraged others to “steal its stories” — which has both increased pageviews and resulted in thousands of sites reprinting their pieces. I see Creative Commons licensing as a smart way to distribute local or national content when the goal is maximum impact... [and] as an important survival tool for smaller an…

Why I Don’t Write For Medium
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"I — and all other Medium users — are... generating content so that someone can make money... in return ... Medium does what? Medium’s sole value is giving me an easy way to write and driving traffic to my writing. Admittedly, it does a good job with that... Medium owns your content. It owns it to the extent that it can copyright it and use…

Google Taxes in Spain and Germany
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In Germany, "the government forced Google to pay newspaper editors if they were included in Google News... Google excluded all newspapers from Google News and asked anyone wanting to be listed to reapply explicitly declaring that they renounced to be compensated. All newspaper did reapply not wanting to miss out on the traffic it generates. Google…

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