MySpace Sale Underscores the Risks of Exuberant Digital Investments

Robert G. Picard Monday, 04 July 2011 12:02
The decision by News Corp. to dump MySpace once again reveals the risks of over exuberance toward digital companies that do not have a proven business model or long-term customer loyalty.
There are plenty of digital investments that meet those requirements, but a number of the most hyped firms moving toward IPOs and acquisitions do not. They need...

The Media Business: What Makes Good Journalism?

Robert G. Picard Wednesday, 22 June 2011 11:33
Journalists and others concerned about the status of the news industry in North America and Europe keep arguing that we are getting poorer journalism because of the economic state of the industry. But when you ask them “what makes good journalism?” they find it nearly impossible to articulate the concept.
Those trying to articulate...

Google, Newspaper Archives, and the Business of Cultural Heritage

Robert G. Picard Sunday, 29 May 2011 22:39
Google announced this month that it is ending its ambitious project to digitally archive newspapers. The project to scan the archives of the nation’s newspapers and make them available online as a searchable historical record was announced in 2008 with the level of hubris only found in online enterprises.
"Our objective is to bring all the world's...

International Protection for Broadcasts Gaining New Momentum

Robert G. Picard Friday, 15 April 2011 18:07
The proposed international treaty on the protection of broadcasters is inching forward after nearly 10 years of consideration and member states of the World Intellectual Property Organization and other stakeholders are moving toward consensus on the central elements of what it is to do and what is the object of the protection.
Much of the rhetoric...