Curation and “Creation” in Business Context

At South by Southwest, The New York Times’ David Carr argued that much curation is essentially theft of creator efforts. Those of you familiar with some other ecosystems will see the pattern here. Movie theaters cannot be owned by studios, for example, in part to prevent an old vertical monopoly deemed unhealthy. But think of curators partly as distributors of original content. Though theatrical distribution does not create as much revenue as other downstream licensing (DVD sales, for example), theatrical exhibition is how “buzz” gets created to create bigger downstream channels. You might argue content curation, aside from its other direct values for end users, creates bigger downstream markets for content creators. 

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