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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) frowned upon."

"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."

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