AOL May Block Off Content From Time Inc.
from the here-come-the-walled-gardens dept
For years people have been warning that the internet may devolve into a series of "walled gardens" where, on order to get certain content, you need to subscribe to that particular service. AOL-Time Warner, of course, has always been the most likely company to start this trend, and they're apparently looking to now take Time Inc. magazine material off the web completely and place it all behind the walled garden of AOL's service - so only subscribers get access to it. I think this is an awful idea that completely misses the point of the internet. I understand the thinking behind it, but it's coming from some very uncreative business people who can't figure out how to capitalize on the real beneifts offered by the internet. Instead, they only see how it hurts their old business model, and try to fight the tide by forcing the old business models to keep working. Of course, this just opens up the opportunity for their competition to offer things for free, and to come up with new business models that make sense in an open, connected world.