"While those of us in the â€œtalking about the future of online news businessâ€ have dissected the arguments made by News Corp., the AP, and others â€” and have largely moved on to the next big online news issue (iPads, anyone?) â€” itâ€™s important to keep in mind that these older discussions are still very much alive, and are occurring inside the halls of power. Whatâ€™s more, the status quo on the web may not be as settled as we think.
"The point is, while those of us who have grown up with the Internet naturally assume that certain aspects of its infrastructure are eternal (like the right to link and aggregate freely), no infrastructural element of a large system is impossible to change. Some elements (like linking? like aggregation?) are just harder to change than others. At least, I personally hope they are.