Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The CBC: Because A Billion Dollar Subsidy Isn't Enough

NEW YORK - MAY 20:  In this photo illustration...Image by Getty Images via @daylife
If you’d like to send some friends an article from the CBC’s website, then the CBC would like $20. If you want to print six copies of an article, the CBC wants $10. And if you’re interested in posting an excerpt of an article to your blog, then the CBC is interested in charging $500 to your credit card for each year your post is online.
Of course, you don’t need to pay the CBC anything.... Unless you share CBC content in a very specific and somewhat obscure way—by clicking the little icons at the end of each article or a button labeled “Republish,” you can freely share their stuff the way people share everything else on the Internet—copy and paste.
But if you do, it might interest you to know that the CBC is encouraging the friends you share their content with to rat you out in the hopes of scoring a $1,000,000 reward. 
This bizarre scheme comes via a company called iCopyright, which the CBC has partnered with to “monetize” their online content.
Instead of "monetize", how about "vaporize" CBC content?

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Sixth Estate said...

I think it's as ridiculous as any other paywall, but I'm not sure why you think it's such a terrible idea. If the CBC becomes self-funding, so much the better, wouldn't you say? Then there'd be no reliance on tax dollars.

Of course that would require a sensible business plan, which this clearly is not.

Anonymous said...

Why is Harper not "privatizing" the CBC immediately?

Harper is a clown.

Canada needs a "Tea Party".

A Party for the People.

I'm sick of being treated like a piece of cattle.

Anonymous said...

The only clown is someone who believes government operates by a snap of the finger.

BallBounces said...

"not sure why you think it's such a terrible idea "

Because I don't think the CBC plans on giving us the billion dollars back. It's a both-and proposition, not either-or.

BallBounces said...

Stephen Harper is a brilliant guy.

"... nothing intellectually compelling or challenging.. bald assertions coupled to superstition... woefully pathetic"