AP Moves to ‘Protect’ Newspaper Content

The Associated Press announced an aggressive new policy whereby it is going to try and get more money for newspaper content online or take legal action against “copyright violators” and those that won’t pay. From the AP’s own press release:

The Associated Press Board of Directors today announced it would launch an industry initiative to protect news content from misappropriation online.

AP Chairman Dean Singleton said the news cooperative would work with portals and other partners who properly license content – and would pursue legal and legislative actions against those who don‘t.

“We can no longer stand by and watch others walk off with our work under misguided legal theories,“ Singleton said at the AP annual meeting, in San Diego.

The quote at the end is vaguely reminiscent of the rogue US general in the 1964 Cold War satire Dr. Strangelove who will no longer allow the “commies” to “pollute our precious bolidly fluids.”

The rest of this post is at SEL.

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3 Responses to “AP Moves to ‘Protect’ Newspaper Content”

  1. Mike Bunnell Says:

    Misguided legal theories such as fair use?

    Fighting misguided legal theories such as fair use with misguided and anachronistic content distribution models… I wonder who is going to win??! 🙄

  2. Perry Says:

    I think this pile-on attack of newspapers is – in one dimension – overblown. It’s just good business to put yourself in an improved bargaining position with powerful “channels”; there are lots of examples of “special treatment” when the power and leverage warrants it.

    Eye rolling is totally appropriate in that (we suspect) they actually believe their own BS, feeling a power position that is way more meaningful than it really is. Negotiations and time will correct these misconceptions.

    Just because you’re wrong doesn’t mean you shouldn’t act like you’re right! From everything I’ve read about Murdoch, he’s a master negotiator, and I’d not be surprised to learn (down the road) that the bluster was all to try to eek out some preference position, full well realizing his fundamental position of weakness.

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