Mike Sunnucks of the Business Journal interviewed me for an article on the media and fair use. I'm sure that my opinions will be somewhat controversial since I reject the traditional notion that the Mainstream Media does all the original reporting and the bloggers and Google-type aggregators live off of their work.
Climate Gate is a great example. The BBC had the story first and didn't run it. Then when the whistle blower posted the files on a website, the blogs picked up the story and Eventually, the MSM was forced to acknowledge it. Locally, I owned that story for nearly two weeks until the Star picked it up, after another week, the Republic ran an AP version of the story. The Republic still hasn't reported on the Arizona connection.
Mike's article is behind the subscription wall, so if you want to read the whole thing you should, you know, subscribe. Or better yet, go buy a hard copy. Thanks Mike.
Greg Patterson pens EspressoPundit.com, a news and commentary blog focusing on Arizona politics and the media landscape. He talked with the Phoenix Business Journal about some of the legal battles and marketplace challenges facing the Valley’s media market.
Patterson, a former state legislator with an accounting background, now is director of the Arizona Competitive Power Alliance, a group focused on energy issues. He also is a practicing attorney, having graduated recently from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.
Where do you see the potential fight going between search engines such as Google and content producers such as News Corp.? Companies like News Corp. no longer have a monopoly on content. News Corp. needs Google much more than Google needs News Corp. If the traditional newspapers refuse to provide content to the search engines, then the search engines will automatically simply pick up the other sources, like blogs, newsletters, chat rooms and original sources, like meeting minutes.