Getting paid in the digital economy


 

Few topics are as potentially toxic as the question of how one gets paid for creative work in the digital economy. But we need to avoid a moralising perspective and develop a more sophisticated understanding of the role ‘free’ plays in relation to paid in a structurally open system like the internet.

The struggle for the open web: putting ‘piracy’ in perspective


 

The struggle for the open web is going to be a big issue in 2012. Given the importance of the internet to creative producers, its something we should be paying a lot of attention to. And that means, first up, thinking about the implications of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) currently before the US … Continued

Learning from Larry, part two: what crowd funding looks like from the donor’s perspective


 

My postman brought an envelope from Larry Towell this week. Sent from Canada, it contained the 6×4 inch photograph (above) offered to those who pledged US$25 towards Larry’s “Crisis in Afghanistan” project. Personally captioned “International Committee of the Red Cross, Kabul, Afghanistan 2010” it was also personally signed. In my original post reviewing Larry’s Kickstarter-funded … Continued

Making documentary possible: How the Internet leads to new funding opportunities


 

Finding the money to enable new photographic work is one of the most pressing issues practitioners currently face. Editorial paymasters have been in decline for a very long time, forcing those who want to pursue challenging and time-consuming projects to seek other means of support. Now the Internet’s disruption of the media economy has quelled … Continued

The ongoing revolution in the media economy


 

The revolutions transforming the media economy continue apace. In the year since I published my five part series on these changes (beginning here and ending here) we have seen more evidence of the overall direction of change. Reviewing my notes from 2010 here are some of the standout developments to date: 1. Things remain grim … Continued

Thinking freely: New business models for the digital economy


 

Everything costs something and no body wants to work for nothing. This statement of the obvious drives those disturbed by the impact of the Internet on business models for information industries. Individuals declare that they won’t give their work away, critics claim someone has to pay for content, and insiders (like the editor of Photo … Continued