Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Only kidding; as you were

An earlier post reported that Britain's Office of Fair Trading (OFT) was seriously considering breaking the monopoly of magazine distribution. Now, it appears from an article in the Guardian, vigorous lobbying by the magazine industry has convinced the agency to reverse course, or at least soften the impact. (For those who think it is at least unseemly for media companies to campaign against open and competitive trading, consider the extremely narrowly held and managed distribution business in Canada, where competition is but a distant memory.)


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