European Publishers Latest To Call For Special Copyright Expansion Over News
from the if-this-is-your-business-model... dept
In the last few weeks, there’s suddenly been a big push by folks in the newspaper business to start talking about how copyright law should be expanded to help protect their business. The latest to do this, apparently, is a group of European publishers, including some big names, asking for copyright law to be changed in some way to benefit newspapers. They didn’t make specific proposals, but they’re likely thinking about the various ideas that have been floating around about stopping aggregators or providing some sort of copyright or copyright-like protection on breaking news.
This whole idea isn’t just ridiculous, but it won’t help newspapers. It would almost certainly harm them, however.
- First of all, if the only thing protecting your business from failure is government protectionism… you’re not doing a very good job at building a real business. And, you won’t be able to hold back real competitors from eating your lunch (or, at least, the parts of it they haven’t eaten already).
- Next, stronger copyright won’t bring more people to your site or get more people to give you money.
- Stronger copyright protection will only harm your online distribution efforts, in making it that much more difficult for others to send you traffic or to participate in the discussion.
- Relying on these things, and thinking that stronger copyright somehow is a business model will just mean that you’ve opened the playing field wide to those who actually embrace the collaborative, sharing nature of the internet.
So while it would be damaging for those pushing for it, it would still create quite a mess in the meantime. Hopefully European politicians see through this blatant attempt at protectionism and don’t let it get anywhere.