Flipping out over aggregation

A conceptual problem arises from thinking about Flipboard in publishing terms (an error Flipboard itself encourages), when its actual role in the value chain is much closer to that of a traditional re-seller of goods, in this case news content.

German publishers opt to be Googled — for now

Google has agreed to make indirect payments to publishers in Belgium and France, largely to forestall moves toward stricter sanctions on aggregation. But paying publishers directly, presumably on some sort of per-use or pro-rata basis, might be a bridge too far.

Aggregation aggravation

A federal district court in New York last week handed publishers a major victory in a lawsuit brought by the Associated Press against online clipping service Meltwater News. In an unusually sweeping ruling, Judge Denise Cote held that not all uses of copyrighted content in search results automatically qualify as fair use.

Paying to aggregate

It’s easy to understand why Google would want to disguise what’s going on in Europe through one gimmick or another. But it sure looks like a precedent is getting established in Europe for paying to link.