by Mark Lyndersay

Love + sharing = piracy

That was in 1993, when the movement of illegally acquired media files was still in its infancy and largely limited to small JPEG and GIF images of the kind of pictures that have always been shared by young men with time and passion on their hands. Between 1993 and 1999, the slow connections generally available to web surfers acted as a natural delimiter, but growing access and faster speeds led inexorably to Napster and the two-year binge on intellectual property that forever changed the public perception of media consumption on the Internet....

This realisation has not been met with enthusiasm by established media. The Wall Street Journal’s editor Robert Thompson has described Google and other search tools as “tech tapeworms in the intestines of the Internet.” Media magnate Rupert Murdoch wants to reopen the long buried debate on paid content on the Web. The crisis facing newspapers today isn’t a result of their Internet presences gutting their print editions, it’s the result of keeping one foot on the dock and the other on the boat for too long.

Building a successful Internet publishing business demands that you construct the new business that will kill your old one. If you don’t your competition will do it for you. Newspapers aren’t dying of a severed artery, they’re seeping blood from a thousand cuts inflicted with Internet entrepreneurs who aren’t carrying around the baggage of decades of traditional publishing. Changing that trend will require small, immediate moves and big, medium term shifts. Read more



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