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
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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.
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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!!!
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