Category Archives: Disruptive Business Models in Content

Mahalo and 37 Signals: Apples and Oranges

I am taking issue with the way Stilgherrian has characterized the working style of Jason Calacanis by comparing Mahalo to 37 Signals. Yes, they are both startups, and they are both in the “web 2.0” space, but are very different … Continue reading

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Free e-books

Mike at Techdirt points to some half-hearted efforts at free e-books. The books will only be available for a limited time, and they cannot be printed. It is all posturing by the book publishers who still believe that completely free … Continue reading

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The Networks Effects of Creating Value Networks with Derivative Creative Works

There is some talk of Fair Use reform to define it as: “work that adds to the value of the original, as opposed to substituting for the original, is fair use.” So, what are some examples of adding value? Let’s … Continue reading

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To Big Media All Media is Commercial, to Normal People Media is Part of a Conversation

All forms of media and broadcasted conversations were at one time only producible by Big Media companies. And most of it was for commercial use. This is the broadcasting, music selling, book selling; the licensing and permission paradigm. When you … Continue reading

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Comments on the TV and Movie Writers’ Strike and New Media

Update 12/9/2007: I actually met a striking writer today and although we did not speak at length on this topic, she made me think that maybe I don’t totally know all of the details of how the business works. If … Continue reading

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Monetization Strategy is the New Creative Skill (you need to have)

Jaron Lanier has an opinion piece at NYT saying he wants to be paid for his creative content without much more context than that (he seems he has figured out how to get paid for his writing; by having NYT … Continue reading

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How Kindle Could Have Appealed to Passionate Evangelists

When it comes to web services and logistics, Amazon is a rock star. Not only did they figure out how to make hundreds of small applications work a across their networks (the Amazon home page is connecting to hundreds of … Continue reading

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Amazon blows it with their Kindle E-book Reader

Amazon is going to release their e-book reader on Monday, called Kindle. The thing that got my attention most is that part of the delay in its release is that they were working out deals with content providers! For copywritten … Continue reading

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Forecasting Trends in Digital Entertainment

This post is my submission to the TechDirt Insight Community. It was one of the top three winning submissions for this challenge case. The challenge: The Digital Entertainment industry can be characterized by the creation, distribution and monetization of digital … Continue reading

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An Intro to Web Strategy for Creatives Seeking New Success

I am having dinner tonight with an old friend whom I have not spoken to at length or hung out with for a couple years. He is in the creative field (an illustrator). He does not follow social media and … Continue reading

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