Are The Old Enablers Becoming The New Gatekeepers?

Posted by BernardSwiss on Dec 16, 2012 12:02 AM EDT
Techdirt; By Mike Masnick
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In contrast to that -- and what we found most exciting about many of the new companies that had popped up over the last decade or two -- was the rise of middlemen as "enablers." These were situations where the middlemen weren't gatekeepers, and weren't "required" to do what you wanted to do. Instead, they were companies that helped give people/organizations a lift up on what they were trying to do, while keeping them and their work (rather than the middlemen) central to the market. So, when you see things like eBay or Etsy or Kickstarter, those are more enablers (and, yes, they do have some restrictions on use, but they're more policy based, rather than "can you make us money"-based).

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