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Newspaper Rivals Meet About Online Subscriptions

The nation's top newspaper executives gathered in a quiet, closed-door session at a Chicago O'Hare airport hotel yesterday to discuss charging for online content and protecting their intellectual property. The secretive meeting was first made public yesterday by former Chicago Tribune managing rditor James Warren on The Atlantic's Web site. Editor & Publisher reporters tracked down the group holding discussions in the Hilton Hotel at O'Hare.

The summit was initiated by the Newspaper Association of America in response to the recent hearings on Capitol Hill. John Sturm, the NAA's CEO, says the group discussed intellectual property rights and how to approach Congress and the Administration to address those rights as well as other industry issues. Antitrust lawyers were present during the meeting.

Attendees also listened to executives from companies representing new models for obtaining value from newspaper online content, Sturm says. One discussion involved Attributor, the content-tracking company that has put together an alliance of news content providers. Execs from Gannett, The New York Times Co., E.W. Scripps, McClatchy and other major news outlets were reported to be in attendance.



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