Should content licenses be less expensive for digital distribution?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

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By Edward Nawotka

Today’s lead article discusses the impact of digitization on copyright issues with Copyright Clearance Center’s CEO Tracey Armstrong. One of the issues raised is whether the cost of licensing content is ultimately too expensive for individuals who want to publish digitally. Armstrong believes there is something out there for everyone, from affordable all-you-can-use buffet buckets of content to the iconic or prestigious or famous a-la-carte options. What’s more, she states that as time marches on, and content proliferates, there will be even more options affordable to most. That said, licensing is still expensive to many working in a digital format. Some have suggested that content licenses should be less expensive for digital distribution.

What do you think? The answer likely depends on where you sit in the value chain. Tell us your thoughts in the comments below or via Twitter using #ppdiscuss.

About the Author

Edward Nawotka

A widely published critic and essayist, Edward Nawotka serves as a speaker, educator and consultant for institutions and businesses involved in the global publishing and content industries. He was also editor-in-chief of Publishing Perspectives since the launch of the publication in 2009 until January 2016.