Professional Content Providers
Content providers are different to content creators or generators. Content creators are people such as writers, artists, photographers, musicians and filmmakers who produce the articles, pictures, videos and soundtracks for publication. A content provider is someone who takes material and prepares it for publication. This includes the editors and compilers of newspapers and magazine pages for printing and web developers who take the content and combine them into web pages for the World Wide Web. Book publishing companies were acting as content providers long before the development of the internet and they still are.
Authors are their content creators and the people working for the publishers take the manuscripts and turn them into books. Record companies also have acted as content providers for musicians by recording their music and producing the discs, tapes and videos for distribution. Cinema chains could also be considered content providers because they show films to the general public but they don’t produce them. In each case the companies and the people working for them are providing the final link in the chain between the people who produced the original work and the people who buy it.