Content Commerce

Macrovision Solutions announced the acquisition of certain website and technology assets from ThoughtWorthy Media ("ThoughtWorthy").

Posted Jun 17, 2008

Kentico Software has released the new version 3.1 of Kentico CMS for ASP.NET. The new version combines a web content management platform with full-featured E-commerce solution and allows developers to build an on-line store.

Posted Jun 10, 2008

It seems like everyone's talking about free information again: The old meme that "information wants to be free" appears to be recycling in the web's hive-mind. I am still not convinced that information cares one way or the other, but I do know that content owners and providers have widely divergent views on whether or how they should be compensated.

Posted Jun 10, 2008

Alacra, Inc., a provider of online business information solutions, launched the Alacra Affiliate Widget, a pay-per-action advertising vehicle.

Posted May 20, 2008

The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) announced the release of "Digital Video In-Stream Ad Format Guidelines."

Posted May 09, 2008

Copyright Clearance Center (CCC), a provider of licensing services and web-based tools, announced a set of enhancements to Rightsphere, the company's rights advisory and management tool.

Posted Apr 29, 2008

Jaduka, a provider of web-integrated communication and transaction tools, has launched integrated content fulfillment, delivery, and transaction services for mobile media and software providers.

Posted Apr 25, 2008

Whenever I begin a speech, I ask a series of four questions and have the audience raise their hands if the answer to a question is "yes."

Posted Apr 25, 2008

With digital distribution, the rules are still emerging and, like publishing business models, will continue to do so. Some things remain almost constant, though, such as the free versus fee debate. From B2B magazine and daily paper models to newsstand sales and high-value subscription content, the publishing business has always demanded a range of formulas for feeding the bottom line.

Posted Apr 18, 2008

Controlled circulation trade pubs are now putting more of their print content online and uncontrolled for all to see, but despite the good press for "free" of late, the pay model is alive, even if it is struggling to find its proper place in an increasingly ad-driven digital media market.

Posted Apr 11, 2008

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) gave the digital content industry a dubious present last Christmas. At the same time the FTC approved a merger of Google with ad network and services provider DoubleClick, it also lobbed the issue of privacy back over the net for the companies to solve. At issue for the first time in a very public way is a topic I have been writing about in these columns since 2002: behavioral targeting (aka BT).

Posted Apr 01, 2008

Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC), a provider of text-licensing solutions, announced that it is expanding the availability of its Annual Copyright License for academic institutions to colleges and universities of all sizes.

Posted Feb 29, 2008

The 27 European Union Member States don’t just have a variety of national languages; their markets and laws are equally diverse. As the internet and mobile communication devices become ever more popular, these countries face a new conundrum: how to protect creative online content and make it available to all EU citizens. Content developers and the online industry are unable to take full advantage of the potentially huge EU market and consumers are missing out on a wide range of online content.

Posted Feb 29, 2008

Out on the limitless frontiers of the wild wild web, the right to privacy can’t always be enforced for the simple reason that the existing laws don’t apply to this new medium, or the medium is just evolving too quickly for the laws to keep up. The other side of this issue is that the notion of privacy is evolving itself as web users increasingly live public lives online. So where's the harm in exchanging just a bit of data for content online?

Posted Feb 26, 2008

Thoma Cressey Bravo, a private equity investment firm, and Macrovision Corporation announced that an affiliate of TCB has entered into a definitive agreement with Macrovision Corporation to acquire Macrovision's Software Business Unit.

Posted Feb 22, 2008

Javien, Inc. is a well-known provider of content commerce technologies, primarily because of its platform product, Javien Digital Payment Solutions (DPS). The technology is aimed primarily at new media companies, such as digital music sites, to deploy and manage subscriptions, pay-per-view, downloads, micropayments, and alternative billing. In late January, the company announced the release of its New Media Payment Gateway, a product that allows customers to directly process payments for their content.

Posted Feb 12, 2008

A colleague recently pointed me to, a market research aggregator that promotes its free, short industry profiles as well as access to off-the-shelf market research reports and customized research. What I initially found interesting was that it had a real Web 2.0 feel. The free industry reports are in the MarketWikis area of the website, and they are, in fact, in a wiki format, complete with discussion and edit tabs.

Posted Feb 05, 2008

As most traditional publishers are painfully aware, digitization has a tendency to commodify everything in its reach. Just think how much of the content we paid for a decade ago—from newspapers to premium video and audio content—is available now at no cost online. From news to business information, phone calls to software applications, the new model is giving away the store in the hopes of making a profit in some other way. Most text and video content relies on advertising to pay its way now, while service-based products, like web applications and digital calling, put some limitations on the free offering in order to upsell a richer version.

Posted Jan 29, 2008

PersonalBrain, a product of TheBrain Technologies, links networks of information including ideas, concepts, files, and webpages in a manner that attempts to mimic the thought processes of each unique user.

Posted Jan 25, 2008

Copyright Clearance Center (CCC), a provider of copyright licensing solutions, announced the launch of Copyright Labs, a testing ground for new services, applications, and products.

Posted Dec 14, 2007

Macrovision Corporation, a provider in protection, enablement and distribution solutions, and Gemstar-TV Guide International, Inc., a provider of video and entertainment guidance, announced the two companies have signed a definitive agreement for Macrovision to acquire Gemstar-TV Guide in a cash and stock transaction.

Posted Dec 11, 2007

Alacra Content Marketplace (ACM), a new service launched by online business information provider Alacra, Inc., will allow small and large publishers to post and sell business research and other content via the company's Alacra Premium and the Alacra Store eCommerce services.

Posted Nov 16, 2007

A closer look at Macrovision, which helps keep content vendors in control of their creations online.

Posted Nov 14, 2007

A closer look at iCopyright, which boasts an 80% market share of major publishers and newswire services in the United States.

Posted Nov 14, 2007

BSG Clearing Solutions (BSG), a billing and payment service provider, announced the addition of a new mobile phone payment solution to its Advanced Payment Gateway (APG) service.

Posted Nov 13, 2007