Skip to comments.A.P. Cracks Down on Unpaid Use of Articles on Web
Posted on 07/25/2009 10:15:13 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
A.P. Cracks Down on Unpaid Use of Articles on Web By RICHARD PEREZ-PENA
Taking a new hard line that news articles should not turn up on search engines and Web sites without permission, The Associated Press said Thursday that it would add software to each article that shows what limits apply to the rights to use it, and that notifies The A.P. about how the article is used.
Tom Curley, The A.P.s president and chief executive, said the companys position was that even minimal use of a news article online required a licensing agreement with the news organization that produced it. In an interview, he specifically cited references that include a headline and a link to an article, a standard practice of search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo, news aggregators and blogs.
Asked if that stance went further than The A.P. had gone before, he said, Thats right. The company envisions a campaign that goes far beyond The A.P., a nonprofit corporation. It wants the 1,400 American newspapers that own the company to join the effort and use its software.
If someone can build multibillion-dollar businesses out of keywords, we can build multihundred-million businesses out of headlines, and were going to do that, Mr. Curley said. The goal, he said, was not to have less use of the news articles, but to be paid for any use.
Search engines and news aggregators contend that their brief article citations fall under the legal principle of fair use. Executives at some news organizations have said they are reluctant to test the Internet boundaries of fair use, for fear that the courts would rule against them.
Mr. Curley declined to address the fair use question, or to say what action The A.P. would take against sites that use articles without licensing.
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Hopefully this will finish them off!
Its bad enough reading Propaganda when its free. Who wants to pay for Propaganda?
Good luck with that.
Their articles just won’t be cited, linked or shared.
Holy irony, Batman!
should be the last nail in their collective coffin
How about Universal Access to AP Articles Reform?
"I'm going to lie to you and you're going to like it."
"Well, I don't like it."
"Okay, then I'm going to charge you for it."
No, that's just a rather nasty side effect.
THE REAL DEAL:
AP does not want FReepers, bloggers, and posters
to reveal they are nothing but liars. Liars. Liars.
I don't like the sound of this...
Most of what they write is synthesized propaganda, loaded with weasel words and designed for idiots. They are the first order of communist boot lickers.
Those are their good points.
I run a small website locally that aggregates news articles from all over. I have been threatened with a lawsuit twice by the local AP outlet, on the grounds that my website constitutes “unfair competition”. They have threatened my twice and backed down both times.
I think if the local newspapers decided to try this hardline attitude that the AP is taking, it will be the final nail in the coffin for many if not most of them.
Following the RIAA strategy of “sue your fans.” With similar success, most likely.
I guess it may mean more work for us posting Freepers.
AP news stories can still be discussed here if you write a “vanity” saying I have read at NYT this and that, and express with your own words the gist of the story.
(Of course no link can be provided, but if you give enough info people can find the article themselves.)
No way they can stop that.
They are truly nuts. FR limits AP content to a headline, link and a few sentences. If interested in the story, I will click on a link to the article that will bring it up along with ads and links to their other articles. Forbidding even a headline and a link will ensure their content is not read at all. Throw the baby out with the bathwater, will ya.
You beat me to it.
The AP’s sh*t is the worst propaganda out there. the sooner they die - the better. Ditto NY Slimes, CNN and MSNBC which are also among the most biased Obama propaganda posing as news.
Like they have anything note worthy to say. NOT
I don’t read them anyway so I don’t think I will miss them.
I've spent over 40 years in the software field and have no idea how to add software to an article. :-)
Unfortunately, right or wrong, Free Republic has been set up or evolved to treat vanities and blog citations as "second class" posts. As a likely result, important information and AP lies that need exposure won't get the attention they deserve.
We have a DESIGNATED Purchaser that will report to us....we can all chip in and pay the ONE fee...they will still go bankrupt! LOL
“The APs sh*t is the worst propaganda out there. the sooner they die......”
They are the six fanged vampire of the news industry. They provide ADD summaries of the news with slant and bias that resembles advertising messages. You don’t even have to read it to know what is there.
But wait, I’ve been trying to learn liberal logic and I think I’ve got it down: The Constitution guarantees a free press. Therefore news is a “right” that must be provided by the government. Sounds like Obama should be paying for everyone’s AP subscriptions.
I’m with you, I can think of no way this would actually work.
I think some tech-ignorant executive team got scammed by a software salesman and just publicized that fact internationally.
Same way you add a virus to a photo or an email.
I can think of several ways. Hide some code in an embedded small transparent graphic that the lazy will cut and paste with the text would be the easiest way.
You might read the entry on Web Bugs here:
And you probably need to download Ad-Aware from Lavasoft or Spybot Search and Destroy if you don’t know about spyware.
He has been president and chief executive officer of the Associated Press since 2003. He was previously president and publisher of USA Today since 1988; his brother, John Curley, was the paper’s first editor.
Curley began his career covering high school basketball for his hometown paper. He became director of information for Gannett Company in 1976
Bill Moyers talks to President and CEO of the Associated Press Tom Curley about a new press effort, led by him and others in the media business, to push for less secrecy in government. In a May 7th speech, Curley unveiled a plan for a "media advocacy center" to lobby for open government in Washington. "The government is pushing hard for secrecy," Curley said. "We must push back equally hard for openness."
Sounds like an udated FR rule may be neeed to preclude trouble saying; No using any A.P. sourced stories.
It’s hard to tell what they’ll end up doing, but I think they resent google doing including them in their web searches—which basically means using the whole article as people search for words that may appear in it.
But if google no longer includes AP articles in their search machine, then nobody is going to see AP at all. They’d lose maybe 90% of their current readers, I suspect.
People use google to find articles, but then they go to the articles and give them an ad hit. That’s a lot of lost ad hits.
LOLOLOL!!! YOu have made a very VALID POINT! Pay up Zero...pay up!!
Oh please let them do this. It will guarantee their demise.
The answer here locally has been to totally ignore them and discourage posting as little of their material as can be found elsewhere. Many times I can find the same material reported better in one of their rival’s papers anyway.
I still have one of their reporters hit my site daily looking for material (I know what his IP is). Same for the newsroom server for the very guys who say I’m “unfair competition”. I find that the very worst thing I can do is ignore them...they are by nature attention whores, and it bites deep when nobody pays them any mind.
At some point there needs to be a complete boycott of AP to let them know the ‘net can push back.
I always paste into something that only understands plain text then copy/paste from there into the final target.
As for Ad-Aware I could not live without it!!!