The Federal Trade Commission’s Coming War on Bloggers

by John Cook
Friday, October 9, 2009


The FTC is planning public hearings aimed at figuring out how to prop up dying newspapers. On the agenda: tax breaks for news organizations, changing copyright law, and “greater public funding of public affairs news.” This is very, very bad.

An announcement for a coming two-day FTC workshop called “From Town Crier to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?” appeared on Wednesday in the Federal Register. The meetings, to be held in December, will seek to assess the “fundamental financial challenges to many news organizations” and how to address them using government policy. Here’s what the FTC will be considering…

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