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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

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A strong contender for a spot in the top 5 unanswered legal questions of the Live Web is the price "independent" creators (video producers, writers, podcasters, photographers, programmers, etc.) are willing (or not willing) to pay in the "user generated content" boom for the privilege of participation in a structured community, achieving wider distribution and visibility, the ability to quit (or augment) their day job, or any combination of the above. Ze Frank touches on these issues in Part II of his interview on Business Week — The Cutting Edge ("Copyright & Control").

Frank Barnako highlights the commercial demand for (and increasing market clout of) such creators: "If Starbucks REALLY wants to re-bond, it should be using real people with something real to say."

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