Getting Consent Is Key for Hyperlocals Relying on Crowdsourced Content

Hyperlocal publishers must ensure that they secure rights from their contributors to use the content — and to make clear whether a contributor is entitled to compensation. Copyright law confers ownership of content on the original author of the content (except in employment circumstances where the publisher automatically owns the content). The copyright owner solely controls how the content may be distributed…

Court Throws Out Bloggers’ Suit Against HuffPo

Hyperlocal publishers may be able to breathe a little easier today after a New York Federal Court threw out a lawsuit this afternoon filed by bloggers and contributors who were seeking a share of the sale price that AOL paid to buy Huffington Post…

Court Weighs Dismissal of HuffPo Suit — Implications for Hyperlocals

A Federal Court in New York City is holding a hearing this afternoon to decide whether it will dismiss a lawsuit filed against the Huffington Post by unpaid writers and contributors who claim they’re entitled to a share of the proceeds from AOL’s 2011 purchase of the news site. The ruling may affect the future of hyperlocal publishers’ relationships with their contributors…

Street Fight Daily: 02.10.12

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal media, technology, advertising and startups...

Where Does Arianna Fit Into AOL’s New Patch Plans? (PaidContent)

Dear Patch: I Was Hyperlocal Long Before You (Romenesko)

Groupon Hires Paul Taaffe to Improve the Online-Coupon Site’s Public Face (Bloomberg)

Street Fight Daily: 11.18.11

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal media, technology, advertising and startups...

Yelp Files for $100 Million IPO (GigaOm)
Major Newspaper Publishers Band Together On Social Shopping Portal (PaidContent)
Patch Traffic Rides High on Local Elections and Hurricanes — But can a Drive-by Audience Be Enough? (Nieman Lab)

Street Fight Daily: 10.07.11

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal media, technology, advertising and startups.

Groupon said in a regulatory filing that it plans to “significantly” reduce online marketing spending over time as such investments yield insufficient returns. (Bloomberg)

“AOL’s management may be committed to Patch for now, but the company can’t continue pouring money into an unprofitable entity forever, no matter how much Webster talks about a “long-term” investment,” writes Mathew Ingram. (GigaOm)…

Patch-HuffPo Wants Hyperlocal Traffic? Here’s How

Last week I talked to a number of people about Aol’s Patch network and pointed readers to one Patch in particular that ostensibly seemed to be going for (human) form over (hyperlocal) function. It was a little unfair to single them out perhaps, especially with plenty of other examples of click-baiting to highlight, but I’m guessing I wittingly provided them just what they wanted by sort of calling them out: more pageviews, more clicks, more buzz…

Stretching the Definition of ‘Local’ With Patch-HuffPo

Some of the AOL hyperlocal network’s programming has turned toward the model followed by The Huffington Post and various (successful) content “farms” that draw readers in with off-topic sex appeal then deliver them off-site (thanks for the clicks and ad views)…