Should user fees be charged to read online news?

Posted by bdpatoday / on 09/12/2009 / 0 Comments

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Tech giants offer ideas on charging readers online

 "Google believes that an open Web benefits all users and publishers," the company writes in its proposal. "However, `open' need not mean free."
 
CNBC.com (CNBC) and The Associated Press (AP) report some of the world's most prominent technology companies and NBDPA sponsors have offered suggestions to publishers on how they can charge our readers for news online that is now accessible free of charge.
  
IBM Corp., Microsoft Corp., Oracle Corp. and Google Inc. - a company some newspapers blame for helping dig their financial hole - responded to a request by the Newspaper Association of America for proposals on ways to easily charge for news on the Web.
 
But building the infrastructure for charging readers is one part of the equation. The other part looks more challenging: getting publishers to make the leap and stop giving news out for free on the Web. 
  
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