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09 Nov 2012, Posted by Eric Karstens in Internet, Journalism, Media Policy, 0 Comments

Google tax: Have the cake and eat it?


There is a lobbying and political initiative to introduce what could be termed a Google tax. More accurately put, the proponents of the initiative demand special copyright royalties from search engines, which are supposed to be paid to newspapers. Does it make sense?

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26 Jan 2011, Posted by Eric Karstens in Internet, Journalism, Media Policy, 0 Comments

Why I want my newspaper to go out of business


The notion of intellectual property resonates with the idea that the original authors – journalists, writers, translators, photographers – deserve protection. However in fact, a substantial part of the copyright regime is in place to protect an intermediate industry that feeds off the creativity of the original authors.

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05 Aug 2010, Posted by Eric Karstens in Journalism, 0 Comments

Legacy media, the Internet, and journalism: a roundup


Legacy media are affected by a tectonic shift: First, declining audience translates into lower advertising revenue; second, the abundance of advertising space on the Internet lowers ad prices dramatically; and third, subscription and sales revenues are going down as well. Aside from volunteering, alternative ways of news media financing are therefore being considered.

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