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paid-content-locked1Last week, The Associated Press said it would put warnings against copyright violation on its articles and digitally track illegitimate uses. Now, there is a company that looks out for media companies by finding web sites, networks and blogs that reuses original content.

Attributor is the world’s premier web-wide content tracking and monetization platform. The service is for anyone who wants to know how, when and where their content is copied across the Web. For example, a media outlet gets to choose which content or titles they want to monitor through a secure file transfer, xml feed or other means. Then, Attributor scans billions of web sites, blogs and social networks on a continuous basis to find copies of content across the web looking for images, text and videos. If content is used on a site without permission from the original source, the company send removal notices to unauthorized sites, the companies hosting their content as well as the search engines and ad networks.
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ESPN localEven though ESPN broadcasts in more than 200 countries, the network is looking to focus more on hometown sports coverage, threatening one of the last strongholds of local newspapers and television stations. I smell a media war brewing.

ESPN has long dominated the coverage of national athletics, pumping out news and commentary on every major sport (and some not-so-major ones) via an expanding network of cable channels, Web sites and mobile services, reports Brooke Barnes from the New York Times.
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People Letterman Joaquin PhoenixDavid Letterman is now beating new “Tonight Show” host Conan O’Brien in the ratings on a fairly consistent basis. On Wednesday, Letterman welcomed Paul McCartney back to the Ed Sullivan Theater after 45 years and outdrew O’Brien by almost 2 million viewers the L.A. Times reports.

Thursday, “Late Show With David Letterman” earned five Emmy nominations while the final season of “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” managed just one nod. And pity poor Jay Leno, who was snubbed by the Emmys for his farewell year hosting the “Tonight Show.”

“Late Show” contends once again for best variety comedy music series. The CBS late-night talk show hosted by David Letterman has competed in this Emmy race every year since its debut season. “Late Show” won the Emmy for its first year in 1994, and then again for five consecutive years beginning in 1998. In addition, it has won three technical Emmys for a total haul of nine awards out of 59 previous nominations.
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By Dina Bass, Bloomberg

yahoo-microsoft Microsoft Corp. and Yahoo! Inc. are close to signing a partnership to collaborate on Internet-search technology and advertising, a bid to challenge Google Inc., two people familiar with the matter said.

The two companies, in talks for the past several months, may reach an agreement as soon as next week.
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magazinesIt seems like ever since the New York Times made the announcement that it is considering charging $5.00 for online subscriptions, other media outlets have come forward with their plans to do the same. I, for one, don’t mind paying for an online subscription for my favorite publications and the consensus from my online friends (my Tweople) has been the same. We see the negative effects that free online content has on the media industry and it is devastating. Some of my friends were sad to see Vibe magazine close shop, but I almost snapped when they told me they don’t even subscribe to the magazine.

I am a loyal fan of the brands and media outlets that I subscribed to whether it is the online or print version. If those sources were to start charging for web content, I don’t have a problem with paying. Lesson one in economics, “There is no such thing as a free lunch.” I can, however, predict future problems. With the internet, there is always an issue with network sharing. One can subscribe to the Times, for example, and then copy and paste the article to a blog to provide free content to readers. It’s a vicious cycle and you have to wonder at what point does the media outlets gain better control of their online content. A journalist once told me, if I can figure out a way for media companies to make money online, I would be a millionaire. I think about finding a solution everyday. But, I say, if someone can figure a way to stop users from saving, copying and pasting content from online sources, that person will rule the world. Media outlets charging for online content is a move in the right direction, only if they can figure a way to keep content from flowing freely.

Here is a look at some of the online media sites that will charge or are already charging for online content that was once free:
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pandora_interfaceInternet music business Pandora Media of Oakland closed raised about $35 million, according to the financial news site PEHub, San Francisco Business Times reports.

Pandora.com is the best online site for a stream of your favorite music.

The latest round, which brings Pandora’s total investment to $64 million, came days after Pandora celebrated a royalty agreement between musicians and recording labels and webcasters, but was actually signed before that landmark deal was announced.

The agreement between various webcasters and SoundExchange, a Washington, D.C., nonprofit that collects royalties for recording copyright owners, offers an alternative set of rates and terms to those issued by the Copyright Royalty Board in 2007, which many webcasters said would put them out of business. The terms are good through 2014 and 2015 for different sized players.

Founder Tim Westergren said the revised royalties remain “quite high — higher in fact than any other form of radio” and as a result Pandora will start charging 99 cents a month to non-premium subscribers who want to listen to more than 40 hours of music, about 10 percent of Pandora’s listener base.

ch1-jpgBlack radio faces a new wave of problems, one industry insider said this week, threatening stations that have long been a reliable source of news, information and culture among the nation’s African American communities, reports Afro.com.

The problems stem from a controversial piece of new legislation, House Resolution 848, which drew experts to Washington, D.C. for a congressional hearing this week, including Paul Porter, a media critic who has had a prominent voice in American radio the past 20 years.

Porter said that while its legislative supporters’ “initial concerns were simply to grant performers royalties for radio airplay, the response of broadcasters has opened the door to an array of larger problems than just dwindling revenues.”
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