CNET, Ziff Davis, rearrange media, content agreement

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Technology magazine publisher Ziff Davis Media has renegotiated its content licensing and print publishing contracts with CNET and ZDNet, scaling back its content services agreement to two years from five. The push to scale back the agreement was sparked by the merger last year between ZDNet and CNET Networks, the companies said. Under the revised contracts, which take effect March 1, 2001, CNET Networks and Ziff Davis Media will share online rights to content from 11 Ziff Davis Media print magazines for only one year before returning them exclusively to Ziff Davis Media. Ziff Davis Media also will continue to provide production and circulation services for CNET Networks' Computer Shopper magazine for up to two years. The new agreement also provides for the use of the magazine content by Ziff Davis Media and by CNET and its ZDNet unit.

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