Daily Mirror Blocks NewsNow; Will It Start Paying Its Own Sources?
from the hypocrites dept
We’ve already described how ridiculously hypocritical it is for various newspapers to block UK aggregator service NewsNow from linking to their articles in its paid subscription service, but apparently it’s a difficult concept for some to grasp. The UK’s Daily Mirror has now started blocking access to NewsNow’s crawlers, claiming that its only problem is the fact that NewsNow makes money off subscriptions. If it wasn’t making any money, the paper wouldn’t have a problem.
Ok, quick question time. Does the Daily Mirror make money off of subscriptions? Oh, they do? And do they pay their sources on which they build their articles? No? Then doesn’t that make the Daily Mirror a huge hypocrite? Why, yes, it does.
NewsNow makes money selling a subscription service, absolutely. But it’s not doing it by misusing anyone’s content. It’s pointing subscribers to where they can go directly to the source. It’s providing a service to give The Daily Mirror more relevant traffic. At no cost to The Daily Mirror. And they want to block that? Meanwhile, The Daily Mirror makes its money by writing about individuals and companies and the news they create. And it doesn’t pay them anything either. In fact, many companies are happy to be written up (it’s called PR). In the case of NewsNow, it’s effectively providing PR for The Daily Mirror, and The Daily Mirror’s management appears too incompetent to realize this.