03 Oct '13, 4am

SPH vs Yahoo! was about content vs tech, not old media vs new

The lawsuit that Singapore Press Holdings successfully filed against Yahoo! News has been routinely described as a battle between old media and new media. The subtext: that Yahoo! had been trying to champion the future, against a tired incumbent resistant to change. That may not be a wholly inaccurate description of the companies, but it is a misleading way to frame the case. The dispute – over the barely disguised lifting of scores of SPH stories by Yahoo! staff – was really about how commercial media enterprises (new or old) should value the labour of professional journalists. Yahoo!'s initial defence amounted to a dismissive negating of journalistic effort, as if stories are just a bunch of facts that fall into place by themselves. If the internet giant had prevailed, the losers wouldn't just have been SPH, but also Yahoo!'s own journalists, whose original work could th...

Full article: http://journalism.sg/2013/10/02/sph-vs-yahoo-was-about-co...

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