The practice of using DRM locks has so infuriated the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) that it is currently suing the US government to invalidate Section 1201 of the DMCA law. But whether the group wins its litigation or not, there's another pressing agenda the EFF is tackling in the interim that it wants publishers and consumers alike to be aware of: the fair labeling of digital products that come pre-locked by DRM.
Posted Sep 14, 2016
In many ways, of course, motivated fans who passionately engage with content are highly desirable, generating buzz and invaluable word-of-mouth. The danger is that, in the hands of an engaged fan, content can spiral out of control. There is a fine line-some would say no line at all-between passionate sharing and piracy, as well as between brand-enhancing homage and brand-damaging fan fiction or comedy mashups.
Posted Sep 13, 2016
ProQuest has joined forces with Wiley to make ebooks on the Wiley Online Library platform available for purchase via OASIS. The OASIS search, selection, and acquisition system already provides access to the largest ebook selection in the market via the EBL, ebrary, MyiLibrary, and Ebook Central ebook platforms, as well as the EBSCO platform.
Posted Sep 08, 2016
The New York City Subway has been upgrading its WiFi access, and to celebrate the fact that 175 of its 278 stations now have WiFi Governo Andrew W. Cuomo announced the "Subway Reads" program.
Posted Aug 30, 2016
John Wiley & Sons, Inc., a provider of knowledge and knowledge-enabled services that improve outcomes in research, professional practice and education, announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Atypon, a Silicon Valley-based publishing-software company, for $120 million in cash. Atypon is a technology partner that enables scholarly societies and publishers to deliver, host, enhance, market, and manage their content on the web. The transaction is expected to close October 1, 2016.
Posted Aug 23, 2016
Interested in which networks dominate social sharing and what top sites are publishing the most share-worthy content, Fractl partnered with BuzzSumo for its latest study. The companies analyzed over three billion social shares from one million of the most shared articles from the first half of 2016, and say they were able to draw some interesting comparisons between the 2014 report and this 2016 reboot.
Posted Aug 16, 2016
Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC), a global licensing and content technology company, has announced the launch of its cloud-based RightFind Content Decision Support (CDS), an easy-to-use analytics platform that helps information center managers leverage the power of usage data to make smart decisions around content investments. RightFind CDS combines comprehensive usage and spend data, predictive analytics and data visualizations, and budget forecast and planning tools in a single solution designed to help information managers bring actionable intelligence to their content acquisition strategy.
Posted Aug 11, 2016
In AOL's 2016 Publisher Outlook report the industry got a look at research that backs up a lot of what we already know. Mobile and video are important, and ad blocking is a problem. But off platform monetization was also part of the digital publishing equation this year, and it seems the verdict is in: Third party platforms are a hit.
Posted Aug 05, 2016
Adam Matthew and London's Shakespeare's Globe announced their collaboration on a digital project: Shakespeare's Globe: Performances and Practicesg>. Included in the agreement are the majority of Shakespeare's Globe's archives, preserved since its opening in 1997.
Posted Aug 04, 2016
Last week, RedLink Network, a newly formed public benefit company, announced the launch of its free IP registry service for libraries and publishers to help them deliver secure access to subscribed content more reliably and efficiently. As a free service, RedLink Network invites rapid adoption among librarians and publishers to make IP-based authentication more efficient and secure.
Posted Aug 02, 2016
Mobile content distribution platforms like Facebook Instant Articles and Google AMP are helping publishers bring their content to audiences, especially on mobile platforms. But many publishers are still wary of publishing on third party platforms. Here are the pros, cons, and everything else you need to know about mobile content distribution platforms.
Posted Jul 11, 2016
Edtech company Workbench has partnered with Parrot to create the "Parrot Education Community," to bring programming and learning with drones and robots to students, teachers, and STEM enthusiasts. The Parrot Education Community will allow users to interact with the company and with one another to share programs, videos, lessons, and experiences. In addition, the content created in this workbench can be leveraged by educators to drive interactive, hands-on learning in the classroom, helping to meet NGSS standards.
Posted Jun 28, 2016
Crowdynews, a social media curation platform, announced the availability of Crowdynews Free, a pre-packaged version of its Breaking Burner solution. Crowdynews Free enables both small and large publishers to bring the voice of the crowd from the social web directly to their websites quickly and easily.
Posted Jun 21, 2016
Exact Editions has announced the launch of a new web reader for all content on the platform. Every publication available via the Exact Editions website is displayed in the original layout, while featuring Exact Editions' intelligent linking, advanced search technology, and efficient issue stacking for easy browsing of large archives, and the vast range of content that is available with Exact Editions.
Posted Jun 09, 2016
LM Wolper Information Delivery's company name will change to LM Information Delivery, Inc. This change in name and visual identity in meant to unify the US organization with the international LM Information Delivery Group, which acquired the company, then known as Wolper Information Services, back in 2012.
Posted Jun 02, 2016
Telestream, a provider of digital video tools and workflow solutions announced the release of version 3.0 of Switch its cross-platform media player and inspection tool. This latest version of Switch continues its evolution as an affordable visual QC tool and standalone media player with new features for comparing multiple files, previewing output through Blackmagic Design devices, and new one-step publishing destinations for Vimeo, YouTube, and Facebook.
Posted May 19, 2016
You probably read Medium, but you may not know it. The blogging platform (of sorts) is the brainchild of Twitter co-founder Ev Williams. Up until now, it has focused on giving anyone the free and easy-to-use tools needed to publish to the web--only without the pressure of maintaining and regularly posting to a blog. It also promotes interactivity from readers-letting them highlight passages, and become a part of the conversation in the comments. Now, though, Medium is taking aim at Wordpress-and other WCM systems--and trying to entice publishers to its service.
Posted Apr 06, 2016
Reuters has announced that a selection of Red Bull Media House's most authentic, entertaining, inspiring and engaging sports and lifestyle content will be made available through Reuters Media Express. Consumer appetite for action-sport content is through the roof, and Red Bull Media House takes fans to the front lines.
Posted Apr 05, 2016
I am the first to admit that, in the digital age, it is easy to play fast and loose with attribution. We are all guilty of it sometimes. For instance, when most of your writing is for the web, you get so used to linking to an article-rather than meticulously naming it and its author-that when you are writing for print, you might forget how to let your readers know exactly where a quote or statistic came from without the help of a hyperlink. This isn't a scholarly journal--no one wants to read footnotes, least of all me--but it's still important to give credit where credit it is due. It's one of those gray areas in which some people expect precise attribution for every fact and figure, and the rest of us are happy with a good faith effort that says, "This came from somewhere else." But lately, I've seen some plagiaristic antics that make my head spin--all in the name of content curation.
Posted Mar 10, 2016
Magzter, a digital magazine store and newsstand, with more than 28 million users globally, announced a partnership with Time Inc., one of the world's leading media companies. This new alliance adds 20 Time Inc. brands, including Entertainment Weekly, Fortune, InStyle, People, Sports Illustrated, and Time to Magzter's digital offering.
Posted Feb 16, 2016
SendtoNews Video Inc. has teamed with the National Basketball Association (NBA) for the syndication of NBA highlights. SendtoNews will deliver daily highlights for the NBA, WNBA, and NBA D-League to its network of online sites for local newspapers, radio and television stations.
Posted Jan 12, 2016
Ingram Content Group announces the acquisition of Aer.io, a service that allows publishers, retailers, and authors to sell and fulfill print and digital books directly to readers via their websites, blogs, and social networks. In addition, through Aer.io's marketing platform Aer.io Flyer, publishers, authors, and booksellers can promote ebooks and print books with a direct link to buy while taking advantage of Ingram's global distribution network.
Posted Dec 17, 2015
At CCC, our mission is to make it easy for people around the world to get, use and share content while protecting the interests of creators, publishers and other copyright holders. Our RightFindTM content workflow solution suite provides employees with fast, easy access to the full range of high-value copyrighted information they want - anytime, anywhere. Integrated content spend analytics helps information managers make data-driven decisions related to subscriptions, licensing and more. No other content workflow solution today delivers the powerful combination of content, rights and information management expertise.
Posted Dec 01, 2015
Here at Acquire Media, we pride ourselves in serving customers all along the digital content supply line. This includes acquiring and licensing content all the way to creating user interfaces to display and link content from different providers. And, as the landscape of content providers, formats, protocols, and uses change, it has forced us to stay on the cutting edge. With this laser-like focus on innovation, Acquire Media gets to participate at the forefront of every new innovation in the ECM space. This includes those from the provider side of the equation and those from the content user side. As such, we at Acquire Media have a unique perspective on the entire landscape.
Posted Dec 01, 2015