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.
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