more like se-BLOWME, amirite
"The company behind 'Guitar Hero' said Wednesday that it is pulling the plug on one of the most influential video titles of the new century." →
I wish always being right was actually profitable.
(Elapsed time, in case you were wondering: 23 months.)
"Some geniuses have hit upon a scheme of cutting and pasting Wikipedia articles into what appears to be publish-on-demand books and then charging people ridiculous sums for the collation. The link above is to 32 pages of Wikipedia articles on my books, and the charge for this service is $12.72. That’s a pretty obnoxious amount to charge for something someone can read for free online, or could print out themselves for pennies. I won’t speculate whether grepping content from Wikipedia and then trying to sell it to people represents a violation of Wikipedia’s Creative Content license, but I will note that on its FAQ page, the publisher here claims that they charge for everything but the content, which is the sort of delightful hair-splitting that would probably get destroyed by any competent lawyer." →
The mixtape pricing-justification model hits publishing. Sort of.
"Yahoo did not renew deals to sell Associated Content's stories to outside news organizations, including Reuters, Scripps and Fox News." →
Am I the only person terrified by the idea that Reuters wanted the end product of Associated Content’s word-milling?
“About a third of contributors are paid modestly upfront or collect fees based on the number of people who access their work. Others forgo payment to share views or interests with a large audience.”
“He doesn’t know how many editors review the stories, but he says computers check to be sure nothing is plagiarized or offensive.”
Well all right then.
But the Topspin model is focused on bigger artists, not early-stage, unproven acts. "I feel like there are a lot of people in my position frankly - in the software space - who just said 'yeah, you're going to make it,' and it's definitely statistically untrue," Rogers continued, while pointing to a "huge supply and demand imbalance... between artists and people who love art." →
Well at least Ian Rogers is being explicit now about the Topspin model working better for established artists. Perhaps it was the result of writers getting a little too excited about his company’s model and distorting it, but I don’t really remember that up-frontness regarding the need for a marketing structure that was already in place being there a couple of years ago.