European Publishers Latest To Call For Special Copyright Expansion Over News
from the if-this-is-your-business-model... dept
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.