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iCopyright has announced that its suite of web-based content licensing services will soon be available to Canadian and European publishers through reprint companies located there.

Posted Nov 17, 2006

Reuters, a global information company, and Pluck Corporation, a provider of user-generated content and community tools, have announced that they have formed a strategic alliance to syndicate third-party blog content as part of Reuters news and information service.

Posted Nov 17, 2006

Nine Systems, a provider of solutions for rich media production, publishing, and distribution, has introduced the Nine Systems Channel Sales Program.

Posted Nov 07, 2006

iCopyright, provider of the intelligent copyright licensing system, has launched a new program for publishers that pushes their web content into the email boxes of businesses and consumers who track companies and keywords for breaking news and analysis with Clip&Copy.

Posted Oct 24, 2006

CBS Television Stations, a division of CBS Corporation and Yahoo! Inc. have announced an exclusive video syndication agreement in which local news video from 16 of CBS’s owned stations will be made available on Yahoo! to an internet audience.

Posted Oct 17, 2006

In June, cable giant Comcast paid a reported $80 million for thePlatform, an online media publishing system. Then in July, EchoStar, owner of the nation’s second largest satellite TV service (the DISH Network), made a sizable investment in CinemaNow, the popular movies-on-demand portal. Add to these big high-profile investment deals the smaller content-sharing deals recently struck between NBC and YouTube and between Viacom and Google, and the picture of a trend comes into focus.

Posted Oct 03, 2006

Voxant, creator of the Viral Syndication Network for online news, has secured $10.5 million in backing for the company's solution for distributing broadcast, print, and other types of news content across the internet.

Posted Sep 26, 2006

Versita, formerly Central European Science Journals, has entered a licensing agreement to partner with MetaPress to provide hosting services to regions of the world where hosting platforms for electronic content were formerly unavailable.

Posted Sep 22, 2006

In a follow-up to their landmark publication The Digital Classroom: How Technology is Changing the Way We Teach and Learn, the Harvard Education School noted that essentially all the K–12 classrooms in the U.S. have been wired (though many still have slow dial-up connections). So here, the “digital divide” is fast disappearing, from a pure technology standpoint. For the world as a whole the picture is not so uniformly bright. Asian countries like Korea and Japan have even greater connectivity than we do, while Africa, the Near East, Latin America, and Caribbean countries lag way behind.

Posted Sep 18, 2006

CSTV Networks, Inc., a digital sports media company, and Broadband Enterprises, which specialize in broadband video sales, syndication, and original production, have announced a syndication partnership agreement.

Posted Sep 15, 2006

Eight publishers have added journal content to MetaPress, an electronic content-management and hosting service.

Posted Jul 25, 2006

The big takeaway for me is the perception that our industry faces a new content cannibalization scare. The old scare, “free information will cannibalize fee,” which was intense for much of the early 2000s, is still simmering on the back burner. The new scare, the idea that offering micro-content will cannibalize subscription sales as well as the sale of large reports, now tops many publishers’ lists of professional neuroses.

Posted Jul 18, 2006

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and GUBA, an online multimedia entertainment site, have announced the immediate availability of more than 100 feature-length movies from Sony Pictures on the GUBA Premium online video service.

Posted Jul 14, 2006

Can’t wait for the kettle to boil? Frantically pushing elevator buttons in a futile attempt to make it come a bit faster? Well, Amazon’s Upgrade was made for you. In May, Amazon announced Upgrade, which gives users immediate online access to the entire text of a purchased book at a fee of an additional 10%–20% above a book’s list price. It also enables customers to search, annotate, bookmark, and print individual pages, leveraging digital functionality to enhance the book buyer’s experience. Amazon Upgrade is built on the same technology as its “Search Inside the Book” program launched three years ago.

Posted Jul 07, 2006

Copyright is not user-friendly. In fact, copyright issues are so complex it is hardly friendly to publishers or lawyers either. The complexity of copyright presents such a high hurdle that most users don’t even try to decipher its vagaries and just hit the Send button and hope for the best. Even those who personally want to adhere to copyright or whose organizations mandate it often find the process of clearing rights so daunting that it hardly seems worth it, thus inhibiting their ability to share valuable resources. In an effor to clarify the process, CCC has introduced Rightsphere, which provides “an instant, unambiguous answer to the user’s question, ‘What am I allowed to do with this content?’”

Posted Jun 23, 2006

SmallTownPapers, Inc. has launched SmallTownPapers News Service (STPNS), a news service dedicated exclusively to local news and information from small markets across the country.

Posted Jun 23, 2006

Six Apart, a provider of blogging software and services for individuals and businesses, and FeedBurner, a feed management provider, have announced a tightly integrated offering for individual bloggers, media companies, and corporations using TypePad as their blogging platform.

Posted Jun 13, 2006

Thought Equity, a provider of motion imagery licensing and management, has announced a relationship with Google Inc. to distribute stock footage and sports motion content through Google Video.

Posted Jun 02, 2006

Data Depth Corporation and NewsBank, Inc. have announced a partnership that enables NewsBank to extend Data Depth’s iCopyright licensing services to its clients while providing additional revenue sources for its publisher partners.

Posted May 19, 2006

Voxant, an open distribution network for online news, has announced its Viral Syndication Network, an approach to distributing and monetizing news online.

Posted May 19, 2006

Comtex News Network, Inc., a provider of electronic real-time news, content, and market alerts, has announced that the AP Financial News service is now available to Comtex clients.

Posted May 12, 2006

Communicating with target audiences through Web content initiatives is also an extremely cost-effective form of marketing. If you’ve got an hour or two a week to devote to it, a blog is virtually free to produce. Contrast that to, say, an expensive direct mail campaign. Other forms of marketing also take time to produce, but cost tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars to execute. As much as I rant about Web content as a viral marketing tool on the speaking circuit and riff about it on my blog, I’ve never had detailed insight into the specific metrics around one viral marketing effort using Web content—until now.

Posted May 09, 2006

Pluck Corporation, a social media technology provider, has announced that several major newspapers, including The San Francisco Chronicle and the Austin American-Statesman, have begun syndicating and displaying blog content from the BlogBurst syndication network through their online media properties.

Posted May 02, 2006

Brightcove, a provider of Internet TV, has announced it is making the standard edition of its Internet TV service available through a Fr*e, open commercial preview.

Posted May 02, 2006

Baffled by the difference between .3gp, .3gp2, .avi, .dv, .mpg, .mpg4, .mov .mqv, .wmv, .asf? Hung up on how to upload these pesky digital video formats into your business Web site, blog, eBay account, or online store? Unsure whether your format plays nice with your customers’ preferred players? Well, the mystifying business of publishing digital video content online just got a whole lot easier.

Posted May 01, 2006

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