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Francis Gurry, who heads the World Intellectual Property Organisation told the daily La Tribune de Geneve that "in a few years, there will no longer be printed newspapers as we know it today."
"It's an evolution. There's no good or bad about it. There are studies showing that they will disappear by 2040. In the United States, it will end in 2017," he said.
A key problem is the revenue system. "How can editors find revenues to pay those who write these articles?" asked Gurry, noting that "the copyright system must be safeguarded as a mechanism to pay these writers."
Originally posted by flice
EDIT: Note the word "printed".......
I think it's a natural idea. Technology has become so advanced that I could easily see the implementation of digital paper in 4-5 years or so.
Although tech has its costs as well, not using paper could mean that we could save a lot of trees from being cut down.
Also, tablets will become more popular and more versatile as well as gloves like Minority Report will be a reality. It will be fun fun fun
Here in DK we are working on removing phone books because of them being completely obsolete. I haven't opened a phone book in 5 years or so.
In regards to safeguard copyright etc. I know for a fact that stock companies are already working on a system where they buy the stories etc from the authors along with footage and then anyone who wants to bring the story can buy it and the author will be credited.edit on 3/10/11 by flice because: (no reason given)
I think the UN should disappear starting yesterday! It has proved to be a usless and blatant money scam.Take the UN during Kofi Annan leadership.talk about looting the till when no one was looking, all the while blasting the US. They should also be evaluated to see just how much paper they waste on usless information and reports.