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Digital Rights and the Cost of “Lousy Record Keeping”

Every year, publishers pay millions of dollars in legal fees to settle copyright infringement suits for misusing licensed images and other digital assets. One legal blogger has written extensively about the problem and has noted that, overall, many publishers seem to  have "lousy record keeping". Publishers are not alone in having problems. From what I’ve seen, most companies do a poor job tracking the rights attached to their digital assets.  The root cause of this widespread problem is that most Digital Asset Management (DAM) systems provide only the most rudimentary tools for tracking rights. For each asset, users can usually enter the name of the copyright holder and the credit line, but more fine-grained details are lost. How many times can an image be reused and how many times has it been used? What publishing channels are permitted? Which geographic regions and languages are allowed? Tracking all your permissions information requires modeling your licenses and then … [Read More...]

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Over the last two years I’ve noticed several clients starting projects to migrate to new web content management systems (CMS). The maturity of enterprise CMS systems has steadily advanced with automated features and benefits. The time necessary for designing … [Read More...]


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Want Answers to your Analytic Question Space? Don’t Be Afraid to Ask

In my last blog, I talked about Analytics Question Space. In this one I want to expand upon this concept and look at how to make your Analytics Question Space part of the business analytics process. One big reason that Big Data hasn’t been adopted more … [Read More...]