The Archive Monetization Principle

6 thoughts on “The Archive Monetization Principle”

  1. Any news on Bugs Bunny / Pink Panther / Inspector cartoons also being available? I’d pay money for those ones! I have Animania HD on my Dish Network / Voom channels, where it’s just a joy to see some of these revived.

    One yet another channel for distribution that these guys may be missing is HD. No one really seems to have a strategy to really differentiate their product with HD.

  2. “What if newspapers, magazines and others who simply let their archives sit and gather dust follow this model?”

    I ran into an interesting service last week by The Scotsman. All their archives dating back to the 1820s are now online. One frustrating trend i’m noticing however is the insistance of many of these organizations to copyright public domain materials (i.e. copyright the scans of the material which is technically public domain.) I’m ok with the monetization thing. Let it be add supported but let the pre 1920’s material be free to download. Just how long does the long tail really have to be? I bet there’s lots more traffic on the Scotsman’s coverage of the JFK assassination than a piece of nameless news from 1820. So why not make that stuff free and available to all. (Not that i’m implying that only less valuable stuff deserves to be public domain-far from it.)
    Ah well…baby steps I guess. At least the stuff is now online.

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