Russell Brown actually gets it

Russell Brown has explained in sensible words why Kim DotCon is a fat thieving German fraud. I am much more base that Russell as you can see.

So it’s okay, because he’s not going to steal advertising inventory from small publishers, only large ones. Except that Google and Yahoo aren’t only publishers: they also operate advertising networks that place ads on third party sites – ads that produce revenue that many small publishers rely on.

I’ve written here before about the punishing trends in online advertising. When you read a story hailing 20% growth in digital advertising, you need to bear in mind that most of that is going to the big players – Google and Facebook – and a lesser portion to the larger established media players, such as Fairfax. 

Very little of it goes directly to small publishers like us. What I can’t see is how MegaKey could possibly do anything but make things worse. At various times, we’ve had Google AdSense positions on Public Address. They have reliably brought in five eighths of fuck-all. Under MegaKey, things would be simpler: they’d bring in absolutely nothing – and we’d entirely lose control of advertising content.

It is still not ok to steal from small publishers…stealing is stealing. I wonder if David Fisher will live up to his own words as a copyright hardliner once the Herald’s advertising inventory, some of which is served up by Google, starts being attacked by the DotCon the thief and his hordes of thieving customers.

It is pleasing to see that Russell Brown has put some words around what Kim DotCon is actually going to do…continue on his stealing ways.

He has also painted a great big target on his forehead by saying he is going to go after 10% of Google’s revenue. Google is not likely to allow that to happen.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.

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