by Mike Masnick
Wed, Aug 27th 2008 1:13pm
The Associated Press has been having a hard time keeping up with the times. While there was the highly publicized situation where it threatened some bloggers with its own, highly questionable definition of fair use, a much bigger deal is that it's increasingly competing with its own member newspapers by doing things like cutting deals with Google that take traffic away from those member papers' own sites. Apparently, some of those newspapers are paying attention. Romenesko points us to the news that the Star Tribune in Minnesota has alerted the AP that its canceling its membership. It will be worth watching to see if other newspapers start joining in as well. The AP has had many years to learn how to adapt and change in the internet era, and so far it's failed repeatedly. Seeing its member newspapers leaving is just the inevitable result of its botched strategy.
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