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Paid Content Community Group

The Paid Content Community Group exists to promote support for paid-for content on the web, including enabling better mechanisms for discovery, pricing, transactions, storage and access control. As the web matures, users are increasingly willing to pay for quality content. Advertising revenue for conventional publishing is also in decline. Consequently the ability to sell content efficiently is increasingly important to sustain expensively produced content such as investigative journalism.

The PCCG considers issues including:

  • Metadata formats for expressing pricing and subscription packages and terms
  • Content payment use cases (as a contribution to other Web Payments Groups at W3C)
  • Access control issues (eg. 'First click free', time limited access etc)
  • Consumer rights over purchased content (e.g., lending, reselling, portability between devices, independence from publisher control)

Note: Community Groups are proposed and run by the community. Although W3C hosts these conversations, the groups do not necessarily represent the views of the W3C Membership or staff.

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