osOpinion: Are today's open source-centric web sites just faking it?
Jul 04, 2000, 18:42 (0 Talkback[s])
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"As many of you know, osOpinion's editorial content is
published under the open content license. What this does is
allow any individual, media outlet, or news organization to have
the opportunity to borrow entire examples or partial pieces of
editorial content from osOpinion. ... Few realize it, but this
really is a pioneering method of content distribution and something
I would have thought to be a "no-brainer" in this new age of open
source software distribution where copyright is (for the most part)
"One might expect copyright to be enforced by old world media
outlets like ZDNet, CMPnet C-Net and all the others, but I would
never expect to see such styles of onine business from the web
sites most responsible for the open-source-centric attitude that
brought the movement to the forefront. Ofcouse I'm talking of the
Slashdots, the Linux Todays and the Linux World-like web sites. It
is THESE sites that have preached the "open" mindset more than any
others, yet still cling to the old-world style of media publishing.
The fact that these sites are the product of reader contribution
(like osOpinion) would make them prime candidates for this style of
content distribution and also makes me wonder even more."
"I don't want to downplay any of these sites, as they are all
extremely valuable news and information resources, many of which I
personally visit multiple times throughout the day. (Not to mention
the fact that they are also some of the primary traffic generating
sites for osOpinion), but I'd still like to find out why such a
business model wasn't established a long time ago. It just seems
like the obvious choice."