|Kat Little Red Riding Hood|
The first panelist to speak was Christian Liedtke, who offered a slightly gloomy perspective on the relationship between news aggregation services and newspaper publishers. Referring to two studies conducted by the Iowa University and ETH and Boston University, he highlighted that empiric evidence shows no complementary effects of news aggregators on newspapers' websites. Quite on the contrary, news aggregators appear to have a substitution effect, which results in newspaper homepages receiving less and less visits, thus contributing to declining revenues in this industry.
|Murdoch Little Red Riding Hood|
Liedtke's presentation was followed by that of Ralph Oman, who provided an overview on recent cases involving news aggregators. Speaking before an audience of copyright enthusiasts, he thanked us for being at the conference so early and wished us be rewarded in a future life, for instance by being patent lawyers.
Roya Ghafele then presented a study on the economic positive effects associated with the introduction in 2005 of a fair use clause into Singapore law (this Kat remembers that this might have been cited also in HM Givernment's Modernising Copyright report, which was released at the end of 2012).
Finally, it was the turn of katfriend and fellow blogger Howard Knopf to speak. First of all, he said that he does no longer subscribe to any newspaper, at least out of respect for the environment. Then he cited the classical decision in Francis Day v Twentieth Century Fox Corporation to express the view that copyright does not and should not protect short verbal texts. He concluded with a warning: don't wreck copyright just because you want to put a tax on Google.